Six Major Tech Companies File Net Neutrality Lawsuit

Kickstarter, Foursquare, Etsy, and three other technology companies have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an attempt to overturn the agency’s repeal of net neutrality rules, The Hill reported.

The companies, which also include Automattic, Expa, and Shutterstock, filed their petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday as part of the Coalition for Internet Openness, a nonprofit that advocates for preserving and extending “the openness of the internet.”

“Already, over 30,000 Etsy sellers participated in the FCC’s public comment process, and tens of thousands more reached out to Congress in support of net neutrality. Now we’re bringing their stories and experiences to the courts,” Althea Erickson, head of advocacy and impact at Etsy, said, according to the report.

The companies now join Vimeo, Mozilla, and 22 Democratic state attorneys general in suing the FCC for its decision to roll back the Obama-era internet regulations.

One of the attorneys general suing the FCC, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, criticized the repeal as an attack on “the integrity of every American’s voice in government.”

In December, the FCC voted to repeal the net neutrality rules that kept internet providers like Comcast and Verizon from giving special treatment to some web content over others.

The repeal has faced severe backlash from Democrats, advocacy groups, and many American people. The FCC received a record-breaking 23 million public comments on the decision, but more than 1 million of those were reportedly submitted to the FCC by bots and not citizens.

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