U.S. Chamber of Commerce Sues FCC Over Discrimination Rule

The lobbying group says the regulation is overly broad.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the nation’s largest lobbying groups, has sued the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the rule that addresses digital discrimination. This new rule allows the FCC to investigate reports of discrimination brought against broadband service companies and issue penalties if they confirm instances of discrimination.

The FCC said the rules are intended to prevent “digital discrimination of access to broadband services based on income level, race, ethnicity, color, religion, or national origin.”

The Chamber of Commerce counters that the regulation is overly broad and covers “nearly every business practice related to providing access to broadband — including pricing.” The group filed the challenge in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Chair Rosenworcel and members of the Federal Communications Commission as they endeavor to prevent discrimination.
  • For Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Suzanne Clark as she seeks to protect private businesses.
  • For wisdom for the judges of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as they hear and rule on the case.

Sources: Reuters, U.S. News


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