Verizon Challenges FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules, Again

Similar lawsuit had been filed prematurely

On Friday, Verizon filed suit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's controversial net neutrality rules for a second time.

The company originally filed suit earlier this year, only to have the case dismissed in April because the rules had not yet been printed in the Federal Register. Since the rules were published a week ago, everyone has been waiting for Verizon to file again. MetroPCS also filed earlier this year, but it hasn't made a similar move yet. 

Verizon will argue that the FCC overstepped its authority by passing rules that prohibit Internet providers from blocking or slowing down legal content.

At the same time, Verizon is "fully committed to an open Internet," according to its general counsel, Michael Glover, who said in a statement, "We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority to impose potentially sweeping and unneeded regulations on broadband networks and services and on the Internet itself. We believe this assertion of authority is inconsistent with the statute and will create uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers."

Surprisingly, Verizon wasn't the first to file a challenge after the rules were published. Free Press and three other grass-roots liberal organizations also sued, but for a different reason than Verizon. Those groups all support net neutrality, but don't like the FCC's rules because they are tougher on wired services than they are on wireless. 

Publish date: September 30, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT