Internet Unites to Protect Net Neutrality as Netflix Tells FCC: "See You in Court"

The lobbying group that represents some of the nation’s largest companies in Silicon Valley—including Google, Amazon, and Netflix—announced Friday that it would act as “intervernor” in a lawsuit against the FCC’s recent decision to dismantle rules that enshrine net neutrality protections that have governed the web since its creation.

After the FCC submitted its final order on Thursday evening, the Internet Association said it would back legal actions to prevent it from going into effect as well as offering support to legislative efforts also underway.

“The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers,” said Michael Beckerman, the group’s president and CEO, in a statement. “This rule defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet. IA intends to act as an intervenor in judicial action against this order and, along with our member companies, will continue our push to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution.”

In a tweet, Netflix said the “Internet is united in defense of #netneutrality.” As for the FCC, the popular video-streaming company added, “We will see you in court.”

Though not a direct party to any specific lawsuit, Gizmodo explains that acting as a legal intervenor allows the industry group to assert “its right to weigh in on the case in order to protect its members’ interests, which would clearly be impeded by disposition of the case.”