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By David Shepardson, Reuters

Five industry groups representing major internet providers and cable companies filed suit on Thursday seeking to block a Vermont law barring companies that do not abide by net neutrality rules from receiving state contracts.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Vermont by groups representing major providers like AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. It followed a lawsuit by four of the groups earlier this month challenging a much broader California law mandating providers abide by net neutrality rules.

The trade associations are also challenging an executive order on the issue signed by Vermont Governor Phil Scott. Other states, including New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Montana and Hawaii, have adopted similar rules to bar state contracts from companies not complying with net neutrality protections.

Scott said he was disappointed the lawsuit was filed against the state "for taking action to protect our citizens and our economy." The Republican governor said he believed Vermont residents "have a right to free and open access to information on the internet. In the absence of a national standard to protect that right, states must act."

The Vermont lawsuit was filed by the American Cable Association; CTIA - The Wireless Association; NCTA - The Internet & Television Association; USTelecom - The Broadband Association and the New England Cable & Telecommunications Association.

The lawsuit argues that states cannot regulate “indirectly through their spending, procurement, or other commercial powers what they are forbidden from regulating directly.”

The U.S. Justice Department in late September filed its own lawsuit to block California's law set to take effect on Jan. 1. A federal judge has set a Nov. 28 hearing.

Under President Donald Trump, the Federal Communications commission voted 3-2 along party lines to reverse the 2015 net neutrality rules that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritization.

The Trump administration rules were a win for internet providers but opposed by companies like Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc.

The FCC in December handed ISPs sweeping powers to recast how Americans use the internet, as long as they disclose changes. The new rules took effect in June, but providers have made no changes.

The FCC said in repealing the Obama-era rules that it was pre-empting states from setting their own rules governing internet access. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told Reuters that arguments states could set their own net neutrality rules were "completely baseless." The FCC did not immediately comment on the Vermont suit.

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