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Huffington Post: Tech Giants, Democrats Go To Bat For Net Neutrality Rules In Court

WASHINGTON — Tech giants and Democratic lawmakers filed briefs in court this week defending the strong net neutrality rules approved by the Obama administration. Telecom and cable companies are suing the Federal Communications Commission in an effort to overturn the rules.

Net neutrality refers to the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally, meaning Internet Service Providers cannot charge content producers a premium for giving users more reliable access to content. In February, the FCC voted 3-2 on party lines to approve strong rules to protect net neutrality, a landmark decision that was widely supported by the American public.

Major tech companies, longtime supporters of net neutrality, have recently ramped up their support in court. The Internet Association — a trade group that represents Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and other companies — filed a legal brief, dated Sept. 20, backing the rules.

Over two dozen lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who caucuses with Senate Democrats, and Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking House Democrat, filed their own supportive brief on Monday. “This Court should affirm the FCC’s Order as entirely consistent with the authority delegated to the Commission by Congress,” the filing reads.

AT&T and the CTIA-The Wireless Association, as well as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, whose members include Comcast, sued the FCC in April in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Verizon, the parent company of The Huffington Post, is a member of CTIA.)