Internet industry groups sue California to block its new net neutrality law from taking effect

Internet industry groups sue California over its new net neutrality law. The lawsuit was filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of California by CTIA (representing wireless and mobile communications industry), NCTA (the principal trade association for the US broadband and pay television industries), USTelecom (representing broadband and telecom industry), and the American Cable Association (which represents small and mid-size cable companies). Together, these groups represent all the biggest mobile and home Internet providers in the US and hundreds of smaller ISPs. Among the groups’ members are AT&T, Charter, Comcast, T-Mobile US, and Verizon. The complaint said that “this case presents a classic example of unconstitutional state regulation” and asked the court to “permanently enjoin [California] from enforcing or giving effect to it.” In other statement, the groups added that “we oppose California’s action to regulate internet access because it threatens to negatively affect services for millions of consumers and harm new investment and economic growth.”