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Vermont governor seeks dismissal of net neutrality suit

Vermont Governor Phil Scott is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the broadband industry over the state's new net neutrality law, MediaPost's Digital News Daily reported Dec. 26, citing a motion filed with U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss in federal court in Vermont.

The law, passed in May, stops broadband access providers that contract with state agencies from violating rules that bar blocking or throttling of content, apps and services, and from charging companies higher fees for prioritized delivery.

The American Cable Association, CTIA - The Wireless Association, NCTA — The Internet & Television Association, New England Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the U.S. Telecom — The Broadband Association had filed the suit, arguing that the rule was unconstitutional since broadband access is an interstate service that should not be subject to state regulations.

In October, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against California over the state's passing of its own net neutrality bill. The DOJ argued that the legislation unlawfully imposes burdens on the federal government's deregulatory approach to the internet.

California became the fourth state to adopt its own net neutrality policy following similar moves in Washington, Oregon and Vermont.