Federal Court Dismisses “Net Neutrality” Lawsuits

April 5th, 2011 at 9:09 am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has tossed out lawsuits filed by phone companies Verizon and MetroPCS aimed at challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s new “net neutrality” rules, citing the suits were premature and they have to wait for the new rules to be published in the Federal Register.

Last December 2010, the FCC adopted new rules that would prohibit Internet providers from deliberately blocking or slowing Web traffic. These new rules are expected to be published in late May or early June 2011 after the agency completes some government paperwork requirements.

Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is expected to pass a resolution that would overturn the new FCC rules. The resolution, however, may face a challenge in the Democrat-dominated Senate, who have generally supported the rules.

Verizon and MetroPCS have argued that the agency does not have the authority to impose or enforce rules that would govern the networks’ traffic management.

Source: Wall Street Journal


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