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Company Caught Violating Net Neutrality Rules Suing to Vacate Them

Tuesday, MetroPCS -- the nation's fifth-largest wireless carrier --
filed a lawsuit, alongside the one filed by Verizon last week, to
overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality order
passed in December.

The suit comes after public interest groups, including Free Press,
raised concerns over MetroPCS’ new 4G service plans that appear to allow
subscribers unlimited access to certain applications like YouTube, but
would block others including Netflix and Skype. MetroPCS has not yet
responded to the groups’ allegations, indicating that it would do so by
Feb. 11.

Free Press Policy Counsel M. Chris Riley made the following statement:

“Instead of responding to the public outcry over its walled-garden
practices by offering open Internet access services, MetroPCS has chosen
to follow the lead of Verizon Wireless and sue the FCC to strike down
the Commission’s weak, loophole-ridden rules. Like a thief caught
red-handed, MetroPCS -- rather than change its ways -- is now trying to
legalize stealing.

“What we’re seeing are the early signs of a full scale assault on
the open Internet. MetroPCS hopes that by helping to vacate the rules in
court, it will be able to continue with its anti-consumer,
anti-competitive practices of blocking popular applications like Skype
and Netflix unless its subscribers pay a steep ransom.”


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