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Mozilla has filed its legal brief against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), accusing the telecoms regulator of abdicating its role, ignoring public comments and failing to understand how the internet actually works. The lawsuit is one of several ranged against the FCC for its controversial decision to tear up …

  1. a_yank_lurker


    The Nine Seniles in their much lamented Chevron decision said the courts should defer to the agency's interpretation of the law unless it is totally off the rails. They abdicated judicial oversight of the administrative state. If Chevron is applied Mozilla loses. But if it gets to the Seniles they might wake up from the naps and pay attention this time and overturn Chevron, not very likely.

    1. Mark 85

      Re: Chevron..

      The Nine Seniles have no clue about tech as they're basically old lawyers and judges. They will look at the laws and previous judgments and ignore any evidence as they don't understand it. Much like the CongressCritters who make laws without understanding any of the tech even the simplest things.

      1. John Riddoch

        Re: Chevron..

        They're also predominantly Republicans now, so are more likely to be in favour of anything which benefits big campaign donors, sorry, big companies, hence they'll likely rule in favour of the ISPs.

  2. Kev99 Silver badge

    Aren't nonfeasance and misfeasance grounds for removal from public office? They sure were for the previous 200+ years.

    1. CypherDragon

      Didn't you hear? With King Don in power, only us plebs have to abide by the laws. The aristocracy is long as they don't like to company investors at least.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I thought that was how Pai day worked

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge
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    I wish Mozilla all the luck

    It's gonna need it.

  5. SVV

    Abdicating its role IS its new role

    Haven't Mozilla being paying attention at all?

  6. DerekCurrie

    Bravo Mozilla!

    Every boot to the groin of proven liar Ajit Pai and the now corrupt FCC brings us closer to getting corporatocracy out of our lives in the USA. Real Net Neutrality and citizen oversight of our abusive, bad attitude ISPs will prevail. Don't Let Up!

  7. bombastic bob Silver badge

    "controversial decision to tear up existing net neutrality rules"

    More like:

    its somewhat controversial decision to de-regulate by removing alleged 'net neutrality' rules put into place for political reasons by the previous administration.

    Fixed it for ya.

    'Teh Intarwebs' worked fine without these 'existing' (read: added) rules prior to 2009, so why appear to lose all sanity over their removal?

    The sun continues to rise. The birds continue to sing. Paychecks appear on payday (and in the USA, with more 'take home' money in them). People are hiring, so you're no longer 'stuck' in your dead-end job with no upward mobility. Overall, things seem to be at LEAST as good as they were, if not even better. Why complain about it?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "controversial decision to tear up existing net neutrality rules"

      "so why appear to lose all sanity over their removal?"

      Why do protest the removal of regulations?

      Because as history has shown time and time again whenever regulations are removed these Megacorporations will do everything in their power to maximize their profits, remove any freedom of choice by destroying competition and/or swallowing smaller start-ups under their umbrella in mergers, throw massive amounts of cash at corrupt politicians to remove even more regulations to further their agenda and the customer be damned.

      Take a look at what happened when the Telecommunication Act of 1996 was signed that was supposed to:

      "provide for a pro-competitive, de-regulatory national policy framework designed to accelerate rapidly private sector deployment of advanced information technologies and services to all Americans by opening all telecommunications markets to competition"

      Instead, the Telecommunications act of 1996 did the exact opposite, a drastic decline in the number of radio stations, long distance phone companies and television/cable companies and allowed for all the mergers to evolve into to what we have now.

    2. Kimo

      Re: "controversial decision to tear up existing net neutrality rules"

      The new rules were put into place after several documented instances of ISPs slowing or blocking content for economic or political reasons, and as more ISPs are entering into "preferred" relationships with video streaming platforms.

    3. SImon Hobson Bronze badge

      Re: "controversial decision to tear up existing net neutrality rules"

      'Teh Intarwebs' worked fine without these 'existing' (read: added) rules prior to 2009, so why appear to lose all sanity over their removal?

      Because actually it was shown that the interwebs did NOT work fine. As already said, there are documented cases of ISPs being caught out abusing their position of power - knowing full well that the customer (in the majority of cases) had the choice of like it or lump it.

      it was VERY clear that there was no working market and so these rules were needed. Had there been a properly functioning market then the rules would not be needed as the ISPs screwing over customers would lose customers until the fixed their ways or went bust - but there wasn't.

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