Cable Industry Groups Sue Vermont Over Net Neutrality Law

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Bob Hansen

Five cable industry organizations are suing the state of Vermont for a new law and executive order designed to protect net neutrality in the state.

In the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Burlington, the organizations led by the American Cable Association argue that Vermont's law and order violate federal laws.

Net neutrality advocates worry that without rules, internet providers could create fast lanes and slow lanes that favor their own sites and apps over competitors.

The cable groups argue the Vermont rules are unconstitutional because they regulate actions outside the state of Vermont.

In a statement issued before the lawsuit was filed, Scott, a Republican, says Vermont officials across party lines are committed "to preserving and promoting a free and open internet in Vermont."

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