Computer service provider UCF says it wants to stop Internet access for thousands of its customers, including students.
The company is suing the University of Central Florida over the decision.
UCF spokeswoman Megan Burden said the lawsuit is aimed at preventing the university from having to pay a “tax” on its students’ Internet usage, and it’s part of an ongoing effort to ensure students can access the internet without fear of censorship.
UCFs student newspaper The Orange County Register reported on Tuesday that UCF had filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
The complaint says UCF is violating the First Amendment of the Constitution by requiring students to access the university’s computer service provider, which provides Internet access to about 700,000 students.
UCFS is asking the court to block the University’s plan to cut Internet access and other services for its student body.
The lawsuit also says the university is violating state and federal law by requiring student-members of the university community to use a computer service provided by UCF.
The university says it was unaware of the plan to discontinue Internet access until a student contacted the university in April, and the school is investigating the situation.
The suit says the University also violated federal laws prohibiting the use of students’ computers in the name of educational research by denying students access to the university computer system.
The University of Florida declined to comment.
The lawsuits comes as colleges across the country have faced protests over President Trump’s plan for the Trump administration to impose strict regulations on Internet providers, especially in areas of higher education.
In a memo signed by Trump on Friday, the White House outlined rules that would impose new regulations on ISPs that allow the Trump Administration to block certain sites and content, as well as require internet service providers to retain customers’ private data for up to two years.
It’s not clear how much influence the Trump White House has over the new regulations.
But the new rules are the most stringent in recent years on ISPs, which have long been criticized for blocking content and charging fees to customers for faster access.