The web browser maker, Mozilla, has filed a petition against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a federal court in Washington, D.C., due to its recent decision to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order which was brought in during Obama’s tenure as President.
Explaining the rationale behind the petition to the court, Mozilla says:
“Ending net neutrality could end the internet as we know it. That’s why we are committed to fighting the order. In particular, we filed our petition today because we believe the recent FCC decision violates both federal law as well as harms internet users and innovators. In fact, it really only benefits large Internet Service Providers.”
In addition to the court challenge, Mozilla is also taking steps to ask Congress to fix the broken policies surrounding net neutrality. The browser maker may have to re-submit the challenge at a later date because the FCC decision made it clear that suits should be filed ten days after it is published in the Federal Register, which hasn’t yet occured. While Mozilla is in favour of challenges being made at a later date, it filed on Tuesday just in case the court determines Tuesday to be the filing date; essentially Mozilla doesn’t want to be caught off guard.
Mozilla is now urging you to call your elected officials in order to urge them support an open internet. The company argues that both the left and the right wings of the political spectrum should be supporting net neutrality if they want an innovate internet.