Verizon is taking its opposition to the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules to court. On Thursday, the telecom giant filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which ruled against the FCC in a similar case last year.
“Today’s filing is the result of a careful review of the FCC’s order. We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself,” said Michael Glover, Verizon’s deputy general counsel. “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.”
The FCC’s net neutrality rules, passed Dec. 21 in a 3-2 party line vote, have been controversial from the start, and House Republicans have vowed to strike them down.
Congressional leaders maintain the authority to impose any regulations on the Internet remain with them.
“We welcome the decision by Verizon, and hopefully others, to demand their day in court to block the FCC’s misguided attempt to regulate the Internet,” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, along with Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore. and Lee Terry, R-Neb., chairman and vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. “Between our legislation efforts and this court action, we will put the FCC back on firmer ground,” the trio added.
The FCC believes its new rules remain on common ground. “We’re confident the order is legally sound and we are prepared to defend it in any forum,” a senior FCC official told Politico.