Verizon Challenges FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

Published by: Kelly Curtis on 21st Jan 2011 | View all blogs by Kelly Curtis
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Verizon Challenges FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

Verizon on Friday became the first major wireless carrier to file a lawsuit challenging the FCC's authority to impose its recently adopted net neutrality rules.  In question is the interpretation of the agency's power as granted by the US Congress.

Verizon issued a statement explaining its position: “We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself. We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress, and creates uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors, and consumers.”

In response to the lawsuit, the FCC issued a statement of its own:  “The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Possessions.”

Insiders say that unless Verizon has found a way to get its network traffic transmitted without using “radio, television, wire, cable, or satellite” lines, its lawsuit will not have an impact on the FCC's authority.

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