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NARUC Response to DC Circuit Court’s Decision on
Restoring Internet Freedom Order
Washington (October 2, 2019) — The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners has issued the following response to the DC Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the Federal Communication Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which eliminated net neutrality protections from broadband Internet access services. The Court also vacated the portion of the FCC’s order preempting state laws providing similar protections.
“NARUC is pleased that the DC Circuit Court recognizes and ruled that the FCC cannot preempt any state rules on net neutrality,” said NARUC President Nick Wagner. “We also support a Supreme Court review of the reclassification decision, as expressed by two judges on the panel.”
NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.