U.S. telecom industry groups, alongside AT&T [fortune-stock symbol= »T »] and CenturyLink, called for regulators to block parts of new rules for Internet service providers on Friday, citing « crushing » compliance costs and threats to investment.
In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the industry did not ask for a suspension of the principal « net neutrality » rules that ban Internet providers from blocking and slowing down web traffic or from striking deals with content companies for smoother downloads.
Instead, the groups and companies sought to block the agency’s move to reclassify broadband Internet as a more heavily regulated telecommunications service and a new broad general conduct standard that prohibits Internet providers from « unreasonably interefering » with consumers’ access to the web.
The request, expected to be rejected by the FCC, is a prelude to a building court battle over the rules, which put the agency under public scrutiny last year as it weighed…
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