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Wireless Association Joins Net Neutrality Lawsuit

October 26, 2011

The leading wireless industry association wants to defend federal Internet competition rules from consumer groups that say the regulations are too loose.

CTIA-The Wireless Association filed a motion to intervene with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Wednesday. The filing adds another angle to the legal battle over the so-called net neutrality rules, which govern how Internet companies provide service.

Verizon has sued the FCC over the rules, arguing that the agency does not have the authority to regulate the Internet.

At least four other groups have also challenged the rules, but from the other side of the argument. They say the FCC's rules are too weak and arbitrarily exclude wireless networks from many of the regulations.

"CTIA wishes to defend the FCC against that challenge and any related arguments that the FCC erred in imposing too few regulatory burdens," the court filing states.

The advocacy group Public Knowledge has also asked to be allowed to defend the rules against Verizon's arguments.

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