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Thousands call on Congress to overturn net neutrality rules

Grant Gross | April 1, 2015
Opponents of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules aren't giving up, with a conservative advocacy group saying it has collected more than 540,000 signatures on a petition asking Congress to overturn the agency's action.

The petitions are just one effort to overturn the rules. This month, trade group USTelecom and ISP Alamo Broadband filed lawsuits challenging the FCC's new rules.

While American Commitment rallied opponents of the new regulations, net neutrality supporters haven't been silent.

During a week-long stretch this month when FCC officials faced five congressional hearings, supporters of the new rules placed 25,000 calls to Congress asking lawmakers to back the FCC action, according to the groups organizing the effort. Organizers included Free Press, Demand Progress and Fight for the Future.

Earlier this month, more than 140 companies and organizations sent a letter to the FCC, thanking commissioners for their Feb. 26 net neutrality vote. A second letter supporting the FCC, sent to members of Congress, came from about 40 civil and digital rights groups.

 

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