AT&T, U.S. telecom groups seek to block new Internet rules
May 2, 2015
(Reuters) - AT&T Inc (T.N), CenturyLink Inc (CTL.N) and U.S. telecom and cable industry groups called for regulators to block parts of new rules for Internet service providers on Friday, citing "crushing" compliance costs and threats to investment.
In filings with the Federal Communications Commission, the industry did not ask for a suspension of the principal "net neutrality" rules that ban Internet providers from blocking and slowing down web traffic or from striking deals with content companies for smoother downloads.
Instead, the groups and companies sought to block the agency's move to reclassify broadband Internet as a more heavily regulated telecommunications service, and a new broad general conduct standard that prohibits Internet providers from "unreasonably interfering" with consumers' access to the web.