FCC Moves to Dismiss Verizon's Net Neutrality Suit
The Federal Communications Commission has moved to dismiss Verizon Wireless's notice of appeal in its lawsuit against the FCC for lack of jurisdiction. Verizon is seeking to block the implementation and enforcement of the FCC's net neutrality rules, which go into effect on November 20. Verizon believes the FCC has overstepped its bounds in creating the rules. The FCC argues otherwise, saying statutes exist that give it the authority to create and enforce such rules. The FCC explained, "Verizon's theory of jurisdiction is that the FCC modified its radio licenses within [certain statutes] because the Open Internet Order cited the agency’s authority to modify licenses, among numerous other statutory bases of authority." Verizon's attempt to appeal the rules on a statutory basis, "however, applies only when this Court is asked to review an FCC order that modifies specific individual licenses. It does not apply to review of generally applicable Commission orders that, like the Open Internet Order, regulate a broad group of licensees as a class. ... Verizon's notice of appeal ... should be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction."
Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules.
Houses Passes Bill that Could Cripple FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bill HR 2666, which could interfere with the FCC's ability to enforce net neutrality provisions.
Republicans Target Net Neutrality Rules with Budget Trickery
A new budget proposed by House Republicans would hobble the FCC's attempt to enact and enforce its proposed net neutrality rules. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill "prohibits the FCC from implementing net neutrality until certain court cases are resolved, requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, and prohibits the FCC from regulating rates for either wireline or wireless Internet service." Republicans have used several different avenues through which to block the FCC's proposed rules.
Trade Groups Renew Attack On Net Neutrality
Several trade organizations are asking a U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a decision made last month that upheld the FCC's open internet order.