Appeals Court to Examine Net Neutrality Rules

September 9, 2013 - James Fudge

Today the Federal Appeals Court will hear arguments in a case against the FCC's net neutrality rules. Verizon will go before a three-judge panel to argue that the "Open Internet Order" does not have the approval of the Congress and that the FCC does not have the authority to regulate broadband and mobile Internet services. The company will also claim that the rules are "arbitrary and capricious" and violate the company's constitutional rights.

The FCC will argue that the order approved by the FCC and pushed for by former Chairman Julius Genachowski in late 2010, prevents Internet providers from discriminating against traffic. For example, under the rules, speeding up access to websites they own or to sites that pay special fees over regular traffic is against the rules.

Should the appeals court side with Verizon, it could force the FCC to revisit the subject and refine the rules, or to seek approval from Congress this time around.

We will have more information on this case as it becomes available later today.

Source: The Hill

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