CTIA seeks to block FCC's net neutrality rules from taking effect amid court challenges

On Friday CTIA made a filing with the FCC asking the agency to not put into effect its recently approved net neutrality rules. The trade group jointly made the filing for a stay with AT&T (NYSE: T), USTelecom, CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and others. The regulations were published in the Federal Register on April 13, and are currently expected to go into effect 60 days from the publication date (on or around June 13).

CTIA, along with AT&T, USTelecom and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, have filed lawsuits in federal court seeking to overturn the rules. The groups and companies specifically object to the FCC's decision to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, and the agency's "Internet conduct standard" to adjudicate future broadband activities and business plans. They want to stop those rules from taking effect immediately while the legal challenges proceed, arguing that such rules threaten them and the public with "immediate, irreparable harm."

An FCC spokesman declined to comment. CTIA and others want the FCC to formally respond by May 8.  

"We are very confident the courts will ultimately reject the FCC's abandonment of its highly successful bipartisan regulatory approach for mobile broadband," CTIA President Meredith Attwell Baker said in a statement, adding that the group wants the status quo be preserved while it continues its legal challenge. "We recognize that stays are not common, but the uncertainty and serious ramifications stemming from the FCC's order requires CTIA to take every procedural step available to limit the impact of the FCC's overreach. The United States leads the world in 4G wireless investment and innovation. CTIA seeks to preserve this winning environment while the courts decipher the FCC's convoluted arguments."