Verizon Sues To Block FCC Net Neutrality Rules
January 24, 2011 at 3:35 AM (PT)
VERIZON has filed suit against the FCC's net neutrality rules in U.S. Court of Appeals for the DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THURSDAY's filing argues that the Commission overstepped its legal authority to regulate the Internet. The suit comes before the order's publication in the Federal Register, which could allow the court to dismiss the case as premature, but other parties are expected to file suit to block the rules in upcoming weeks.
Rep. FRED UPTON (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. GREG WALDEN (R-OR) and Vice Chairman LEE TERRY (R-NE) of the House Communications Subcommittee issued a statement supporting VERIZON's suit, saying that they welcome VERIZON's attempt to "block the FCC's misguided attempt to regulate the Internet" and touting the importance of "putting a check on an FCC that is acting beyond the authority granted to it by Congress."