Reuters - The Internet Association, a trade group representing companies such as Google parent Alphabet and Facebook has said it will join an expected lawsuit against a decision to roll back net neutrality rules.
One of the group’s members, e-commerce site Etsy, said that it would separately also join the legal effort. Several states including New York, and public interest advocacy groups have said they intend to sue to stop the mid-December ruling by the Federal Communications Commission.
The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal in a 3-2 vote marked a victory for internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon Communications, handing them power over what content consumers can access.
Democrats, Hollywood and companies such as Google and Facebook had urged Pai, a Republican appointed by US President Donald Trump, to keep the Obama-era rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content.
“The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers. This rule defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet,” the Internet Association said in a statement.