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Cable industry groups sue Vermont over net neutrality law

Five cable industry organizations sued the state of Vermont to block a new law and executive order that prevents state agencies from doing business with internet providers that favor certain content or websites over others.

In the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Burlington, the organizations led by the American Cable Association argue that Vermont's law and order violate federal laws that govern interstate communications and commerce.

"As the ( Federal Communications Commission) has repeatedly recognized, internet traffic flows freely between states, making it difficult or impossible for a provider to distinguish traffic moving within Vermont from...