AT&T, CenturyLink, telecom/cable industry groups seek to block parts of new Net Neutrality rules

AT&T, CenturyLink, telecom/cable industry groups seek to block parts of new Net Neutrality rules

In an apparent attempt to have parts of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s new Net Neutrality regulations blocked, AT&T, CenturyLink and US telecom and cable industry groups filed requests with the agency on Friday.

The filings with the FCC were made by AT&T, CenturyLink, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, the US Telecom Association, CTIA-The Wireless Association, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and the American Cable Association.

In their requests seeking the blocking of parts of the new Net Neutrality rules, AT&T, CenturyLink and the telecom and cable industry groups said that the implementation of the rules will result in "crushing" compliance costs and will also threaten investment in the industry.

The requests made to the FCC incidentally did not seek a suspension of the main 'Net Neutrality' rules which prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking and slowing down Web traffic, and also from signing agreements with content companies for smoother downloads.

Instead, the mentioned companies and telecom/cable industry groups have basically called on the regulators to block the move pertaining to the reclassification of broadband Internet as a more heavily regulated telecommunications service.

In addition, the companies and the industry groups have also requested for the blocking of a new broad general conduct standard which forbids ISPs from "unreasonably interfering" with consumers' access to the Internet.

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