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Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have joined the legal battle started by Mozilla and Vimeo to reverse the Federal Communications Commission repeal of net neutrality.

The Obama-era prohibitions, meant to prevent broadband service providers from slowing or blocking web traffic or demanding payment for faster speed across their networks, were rescinded by the FCC in December on a 3-2 party-line vote. Over objections from Democrats, the FCC gave up most of its authority over broadband providers such as AT&T and Comcast Corp. and handed enforcement to other agencies.

While the new regime, dubbed "Restoring Internet Freedom," was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, the ensuing lawsuits cast a shadow on when it will take effect.

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