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CDT Files Motion to Intervene in Support of Open Internet Order


Today, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) filed a motion to intervene in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of the FCC's Open Internet Order, which adopts strong, effective rules to protect an open Internet and places those rules on a solid legal foundation. CDT joins a group of potential interveners, including edge providers and other public interest organizations, committed to ensuring that the FCC's rules survive judicial scrutiny.

"The Open Internet Order puts in place bright-line rules against blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization of internet traffic. It also paves the way for privacy protections to ensure that internet users have a clear understanding and choice in how broadband providers use or share information about where they go and what they do online," said Erik Stallman, CDT General Counsel.

"The FCC carefully reviewed a complete record in the Open Internet proceeding and clearly explained its approach for putting in place meaningful open Internet protections. They came out with the right decision and best path forward for consumers. We are committed to helping ensure that the Order withstands legal review," Stallman added.

CDT actively participated in the proceedings leading up to the FCC's adoption of the Order, and by joining the effort to defend the Order, will continue its advocacy efforts to protect the open, free, and innovative internet.

The Center for Democracy and Technology works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.