"Consumers and innovators will benefit from the Internet openness promoted by the FCC’s net neutrality Order," it reads.
Opponents of the rules, such as AT&T and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, filed a lawsuit against the agency in April. They're arguing that the FCC overstepped its authority in designing its net neutrality policy, and are calling for the rules to be overturned by the court.
The FCC's net neutrality policy subjects Internet providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to some of the same rules that govern legacy telephone service in the United States. The move was hotly contested by industry amid fears of an administrative power grab that critics said would lead to the government's direct involvement in setting retail prices for Internet.
The FCC's rules also regulate providers of cellular data in similar ways — a move that the wireless industry argues is illegal. But Internet Association president Michael Beckerman said the FCC used its authority properly.
"Internet access has changed over the past few years," said Beckerman. "My expectations are now the same whether I'm accessing the Internet from my mobile device or from my home computer."