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Court Fight Over Net Neutrality Begins to Take Shape

The Internet Association said it plans to join the looming legal fight against the FCC over repeal of net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON � The Internet Association, comprised of Facebook, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Netflix and other large tech firms, said on Jan. 5 that it plans to join the looming legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission over its repeal of so-called net neutrality rules, according to the New York Times.

Other public interest groups, including Free Press and Public Knowledge, along with some start-ups, announced plans to challenge the commission�s move weeks ago, but the Internet Association had been undecided about how to respond. Before the commission voted on the repeal, some of America�s biggest tech companies, Facebook and Google in particular, took a back seat during public protests over the issue. However, now that the commission has released all 539 pages of the final rules, the Internet Association said it would join the coming legal case against them.

�We�ll be going to court soon to challenge the FCC and ramping up pressure on Congress to throw the rules out altogether,� said Craig Aaron, president of Free Press. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Aaron said, had �awakened the public.� �

�In 2018, the Internet is united in defense of #NetNeutrality. As for the FCC, we will see you in court,� Netflix said in a message posted on Twitter.