Neutrality Groups Diss Government Web 'Blocking'

The U.S. International Trade Commission has asserted the authority to block Internet transmissions, according to some net-neutrality advocates who are crying foul over the decision.  

In a letter Friday (April 10) to the ITC, 28 organizations and individuals took issue with a decision by the commission last fall, which concluded that the ITC's authority to prevent the importation of infringing products extended to digital models, data and treatment plans for dental appliances.  

The groups were a Who's Who of net-neutrality fans including the ACLU, Free Press, Fight for the Future and Public Knowledge. 

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.