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Lawsuits Target FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

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Mar 24, 2015, 6:59 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Opponents to the FCC's net neutrality rules filed the first volley of lawsuits this week. USTelecom, which represents the broadband industry, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. It called the rules "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion." It also believes the rules violate existing laws, regulations, and rulemaking procedures. Separately, Alamo Broadband, based in Texas, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans with similar complaints. The FCC adopted the rules in February, which seek to prevent wired and wireless broadband companies from throttling speeds, blocking apps or services, and forming high-speed lanes for select companies. "We believe that the petitions for review filed today are premature and subject to dismissal," said an FCC spokesperson.

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