Entire Broadband Industry Seeks Immediate Halt to Title II Classification
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Four major trade associations representing broadband providers today asked for an immediate halt to the Federal Communications Commission decision to reclassify the providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.
One petition for a stay came from two cable groups, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and the American Cable Association (ACA). Another petition came from the CTIA Wireless Association on behalf of mobile carriers and USTelecom on behalf of telcos including AT&T and Verizon. AT&T and CenturyLink also signed on to the CTIA/USTelecom petition.
The petitions were filed with the FCC, which is unlikely to approve them, but the providers are required to petition the FCC before they can ask for a stay in court. Broadband providers have already sued to overturn the rules, but a stay would take them off the books pending resolution of the court case. USTelecom asked the FCC to act by May 8 “to allow adequate time for a judicial stay determination, if necessary.” The groups can file for a stay in court if the FCC denies the petition or does not act on it.