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Mozilla files petition asking for rehearing in net neutrality case

Mozilla Corp. led a series of petitions filed in federal court on Dec. 13 asking for a new hearing and reconsideration of a court's decision to largely uphold the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s 2018 order repealing net neutrality rules.

The petitions were filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the same court that ruled on the original challenge to order in October, and they ask for a rehearing with the same panel or for the full court to rehear the challenge en banc.

They argue, in part, that the court's decision to uphold the FCC order conflicts with both U.S. Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit precedent.

"Mozilla's petition focuses on the FCC's reclassification of broadband as an information service and on the FCC's failure to properly address competition and market harm," wrote Amy Keating, chief legal officer for Mozilla, in a blog post announcing the petitions. "We are excited to continue to lead this effort as part of a broad community pressing for net neutrality protections."