Verizon is challenging the FCC order aimed at keeping Internet service providers from blocking access to content or applications, in the courts. Verizon has asked a federal appeals court to overturn the new rule.
Verizon is arguing that the FCC exceeded its authority, and violated the company’s constitutional rights. The challenge, which was expected to come from at least one of the big ISPs, foreshadows what is likely to be a lengthy legal battle over the rights of broadband companies to run their networks without government interference.
“We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself,” Michael E. Glover, a senior vice president and deputy general counsel for Verizon, said. “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 declined to comment on the appeal though an official told US press the agency was confident its order was legally sound.