A US court has dismissed an attempt by the US Wireless Association (CTIA) to overturn net neutrality rules adopted by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this year.
The net neutrality rules were pushed through by the FCC in February with support from president Obama. While they were embraced by the wider web community, telecoms firms in the US voiced their opposition.
The CTIA challenged the plans in April, filing a lawsuit complaining that the rules are vague, overbroad and harmful.
"The FCC's new internet rules are full service regulations that will harm mobile consumers and providers across the country, as well as our nation's wireless future," said CTIA chairman Ron Smith as the lawsuit was announced.
"Instead of letting consumers decide the success of new, innovative mobile services, government bureaucrats will now play that role. National, regional and rural wireless carriers will spend substantial time and resources trying to comply with the new vague and overbroad rules.
"CTIA's member companies should be focused on meeting consumers' growing demand for mobile data and creating new offerings."
However, this challenge has been thrown out by the the courts, and the FCC rules will come into force from 12 June.
The decision was welcomed by the FCC. "This is a huge victory for internet consumers and innovators. Starting Friday, there will be a referee on the field to keep the internet fast, fair and open," said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler.
"Blocking, throttling, pay-for-priority fast lanes and other efforts to come between consumers and the internet are now things of the past.
"The rules also give broadband providers the certainty and economic incentive to build fast and competitive broadband networks."
The CTIA was less welcoming, saying in a statement that the decision was "disappointing and a loss for consumers", and that the organisation will continue to pursue its case through the courts.
"The wireless industry seeks to restore that approach so consumers can benefit from competition and innovation, rather than suffer the harmful consequences of the FCC's overreach that would imperil new services and inhibit investment," it said.
"As we said from day one, CTIA and its member companies support an open internet. We look forward to presenting our full case to the court."
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