Underscoring the importance of protecting net neutrality at the national level rather than relying entirely on state-led efforts, Verizon, AT&T, and other massive telecom companies are threatening to “aggressively challenge” states and municipalities that attempt to establish their own open internet protections in the wake of the GOP-controlled FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality last December.
Dozens of states are fighting for #NetNeutrality, but Verizon and AT&T are about to sic an army of expensive lawyers on them. That’s why we need to find #OneMoreVote to pass the CRA and restore protections for all.
In a blog post on Monday, Jonathan Spalter of USTelecom—a lobbying group chaired by executives of large telecom companies—argued against state-level net neutrality laws on the grounds that the U.S. needs “one consistent set of national and permanent consumer protections.”
But as Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin notes, Spalter conveniently ignores the fact that “the U.S. did have a nationwide net neutrality standard that prohibited ISPs from blocking, throttling, or prioritizing Internet content in exchange for payment,” and “that standard was bitterly opposed by USTelecom and other broadband industry groups.”