Trade groups representing major technology companies and advocacy groups asked a U.S. appeals court to reconsider its October ruling that largely upheld the 2017 repeal of landmark net neutrality rules. The Federal Communications Commission in December 2017 reversed Obama-era rules prohibiting internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or throttling traffic, or offering paid fast lanes, a blow to large tech companies and consumer groups that had championed net neutrality. In petitions filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Friday, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, internet trade group INCOMPAS and various advocacy groups asked the three-judge panel to rehear the case or the full appeals court to take up the issue. “The decision presents an issue of exceptional importance, as it affirms the reversal of U.S. policies promoting the open Internet, and the repeal of the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality rules,” said one of the petitions. Members of the trade groups include Amazon.com Inc , Microsoft Corp , Facebook Inc and Google parent Alphabet Inc . Advocacy groups filing petitions include Public Knowledge, Free Press and the Centre for Democracy & Technology. “The FCC abdicated its ability to regulate the behaviour of ISPs for… Read full this story
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