The petition seeks to stop enforcement of the FCC's Title II rules until after judicial review. It leaves untouched the FCC's "bright line" rules prohibiting blocking, throttling and paid prioritization. The filing asks the court to rule on the petition by June 11, a day before the rules take effect. It also asks that the court grant expedited review of the case.
In a statement, NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell wrote, in part, "Such relief is necessary to avoid the serious and substantial harms that service providers and consumers alike will bear if the FCC is allowed to subject the modern Internet to this antiquated regulatory regime."
USTelecom President Walter McCormick wrote, in part: "This reclassification does not serve the public interest, but unlawfully paves the way toward expansive government management of the Internet. The facts show the FCC had no adequate legal basis for reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a Title II utility telecommunications service. The order does not provide a solid legal basis for overriding the governing statute and decades of commission and court decisions that contradict this changed classification."