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USTelecom Welcomes Court Decision to Expedite Open Internet Case


Background: Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision denying a stay request of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) open Internet order, but the court ordered expedited briefing.

The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr:

“While we’re disappointed the court declined to grant our stay request, we recognize that the bar for obtaining a stay is exceptionally high. However, the court’s decision to grant expedited briefing shows the gravity of the issues at stake, and will facilitate a quicker path to determining the proper legal treatment for regulating broadband Internet access service. As we pointed out in our request for stay, the FCC and Congress have long agreed that this critical service, which is fundamental to consumers’ daily lives, should be lightly regulated to continue the enormous investment and innovation that has enabled the Internet-related economy to thrive. To shift course backward to yesterday’s telephone regulation not only makes little sense, it isn’t legally sound. That said, USTelecom continues to support the order’s three bright-line rules prohibiting blocking, throttling and paid prioritization, which were not part of the stay request. We look forward to providing the court a more fulsome, detailed accounting of the legal problems with the commission’s order.”


About USTelecom

USTelecom is the nation’s leading trade association representing broadband service providers and suppliers. Its diverse member base ranges from large publicly traded communications corporations to small companies and cooperatives – all providing advanced communications services to markets both urban and rural.