Free Press A coalition of consumer advocacy groups said that more than 1 million people signed a petition calling on the Federal Communications Commission to “reassert the agency’s clear authority over our nation’s communications infrastructure” by reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service subject to common carriage rules.

The action stems from a court ruling that struck down FCC rules preventing Internet service providers from blocking services or discriminating against certain types of traffic.

The FCC can’t enforce those rules because it didn’t take the step of classifying broadband providers as common carriers, the ruling said.

Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps called on the commission to reclassify broadband, and the nonprofit Free Press simultaneously led the aforementioned petition drive.     

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