Verizon takes case against FCC over net neutrality

21 Jan 2011

The new net neutrality rules imposed recently by the Federal Communications Commission have attracted a lawsuit by Verizon alleging the FCC exceeded its authority.

Last month, the FCC unveiled its new net neutrality rules, which will prohibit internet service providers (ISPs), such as Verizon or AT&T, from blocking access to content and websites.

In its lawsuit, Verizon claims the FCC exceeded its authority in imposing rules that would prevent ISPs from blocking access to certain websites and applications.

Has the FCC exceeded its authority?

For example, the new rules protect online services like Skype and Google Talk, which both offer services that compete with traditional telecoms firms.

Verizon is the first company to appeal the new net neutrality rules, claiming the regulations are unconstitutional and beyond the authority delegated by US Congress.

It is no doubt not going to be the last.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years