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Public Knowledge To Defend Net Neutrality Rules In Court

October 5, 2011

Public Knowledge wants in on Verizon's lawsuit against federal Internet competition rules. But the advocacy group isn't joining the chorus of challenges. It wants to defend the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality regulations.

"The rules are worth defending, and the FCC's authority to make rules is worth defending," said Public Knowledge legal director Harold Feld.

Verizon argues that the FCC doesn't have the authority to enact the rules, which regulate how Internet companies provide access. Public Knowledge filed a motion to intervene in the case at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

"PK actively participated in the Preserving the Open Internet; Broadband Industry Practices proceedings below and represents members who would be adversely affected by a reversal of the Order because their activities or businesses depend upon access to an open Internet," the motion reads. "Therefore, PK's interests will be substantially affected by this Court's review of the Commission's Order."

Public Knowledge did not join the other consumer advocacy groups, Free Press and Media Access Project, which have filed lawsuits against the net neutrality rules as well. Their lawsuits contend that while the FCC has the authority to regulate Internet access, it did not go far enough to prevent anticompetitive behavior online.

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