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The US telecom industry announced a halt in its legal battle against the net neutrality rules, in order to give the FCC more time to review the regulation. Industry group USTelecom said it asked for a 60-day extension to file its application with the Supreme Court to review the last ruling in federal court, according Telecompaper. In June 2016, the group lost its appeal against the 'Open Internet' order, in effect since June 2015. Since then the make-up of the FCC has changed with the new US administration, and the regulator announced in May that it would review the rules. The new FCC chairman Ajit Pai is hoping to reverse the designation of broadband service as a utility, which allowed the previous administration to impose the net neutrality rules on ISPs. 
 
USTelecom said the delay in its court filing will give the FCC time to complete its public consultation and possibly change the rules. A reclassification of broadband service "may make moot some or all of our concerns", the group said in a statement. USTelecom and most major ISPs in the US have resisted the FCC's authority on the matter, saying it doesn't have the legal mandate to impose such restrictions. The fear is that the so-called Title II classification of broadband under the Telecommunications Act could allow the FCC to impose even stricter rules in future on internet providers. The industry prefers to see Congress take action on net neutrality and limit the FCC's role. 
 
USTelecom's announcement comes the day of a major protest action across the web in the US, where sites including Google, Amazon and Twitter as well as a reported 80,000 others have posted banners, pop-ups and other messages to encourage internet users to resist the FCC's proposed changes to net neutrality. Major ISPs, such as Verizon, Comcast and AT&T, have taken a more nuanced stance, saying they support the concept of net neutrality but are still opposed to the FCC's method of regulation. 

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