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Cybersecurity & Standards

Amicus Brief of CDT & Legal Scholars in the Matter of Verizon v FCC

The Internet is a uniquely open communications platform with unprecedented power to promote First Amendment rights, as the Supreme Court first recognized in the landmark case of Reno v. ACLU.

However, the Internet’s unique capacity to empower individual speakers could be irrevocably damaged if this Court accepts Verizon’s argument that the Open Internet Rules violate Verizon’s own purported First Amendment interest in exercising unfettered “editorial discretion” over the Internet content that its customers choose to send or receive.

This amicus brief argues against Verizon’s First amendment assertion.