FCC Sued Over "Net Neutrality" [All Things D]
A lawsuit was filed on Wednesday against the FCC and its recently published net neutrality rules, which are set to take effect on November 20. Unlike previous lawsuits regarding the rules which were filed by broadband providers, this suit was filed by Free Press, an interest group focusing on media and communication.
Free Press's lawsuit attacks the manner by which the FCC enacted the rules that outline how Internet service providers can manage traffic. The suit takes particular issue with the FCC's decision to adopt a specific set of rules for wireline broadband services and a separate set of rules for wireless providers.
Earlier this year, Verizon and MetroPCS brought suit to block the new rules from taking effect. Those claims were dismissed for being filed too early. Verizon has said it intends to refile its suit but has not yet confirmed when they might do so.
Free Press's suit is before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. Much was made about Verizon's decision to file with the D.C. Circuit, which ruled in 2010 against the enforcement of net neutrality against Comcast.