October 16, 2011
Verizon Challenge to FCC Net Neutrality Rules
Verizon has stated that it has to challenge the FCC’s new regulations in court. They have filed an appeal in the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia, challenging the FCC’s regulations that prohibit broadband providers from interfering with Internet traffic flowing over their networks.
The new rules are also expected to be challenged soon by Republicans in Congress.
Verizon’s senior vice president and deputy general counsel, Michael Glover has said that his company is committed to preserving an open Internet, however the appeal comes after a “careful review” of the FCC order.
Michael Glover went on to state “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.”