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March 19, 2015updated 23 Aug 2016 5:31pm

US ISPs to sue FCC over net neutrality rules

Verizon, AT&T and Comcast have criticised the new rules.

By CBR Staff Writer

US Trade associations representing major Internet service providers in the US are likely to file a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission(FCC) over its new web traffic regulations.

Under the new regulation, high-speed Internet services are classed as a telecommunications service, and paid prioritisation over mobile and wired networks will be stopped.

Reuters cited sources familiar with the matter as saying that companies including Verizon are planning to take a stand against the new net neutrality rules through trade groups, and not by filing individual lawsuits.

The approach reportedly will help companies to avoid drawing any negative attention individually, and will help them streamline their litigation efforts in a better way.

The news agency cited T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray as saying: "We have not at all been vocal on the negative side of the camp and the folks that are talking about litigation."

According to reports, trade groups including CTIA-The Wireless Association, the broadband association USTelecom, and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association are expected to challenge the new rules set by the FCC.

The American Cable Association and the National Association of Manufacturers is also likely to participate in litigation.

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The publication cited two telecom lobbyists familiar with the matter as saying that the lawsuits are likely to challenge the merits of broadband reclassification and the administrative process used to adopt it.

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