Originally published: October 6, 2011
Last updated: October 6, 2011 - 3:40pm
The Federal Communications Commission is moving to dismiss Verizon's challenge to the agency's open Internet rules.
The FCC filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to dismiss Verizon's lawsuit challenging rules barring wireline broadband providers from discriminating against Internet content, services or applications. "We look forward to defending our open Internet framework in court. This strong and balanced framework has brought certainty and predictability, stimulating investment across the broadband economy," an FCC spokesman said. "Verizon's legal challenge is not only misguided; it threatens to destabilize an important and growing part of our economy at a critical time."
In its motion to dismiss, the FCC argued that Verizon lacks jurisdiction to challenge the rules to the federal appeals court because it would not modify "radio licenses" as Verizon has claimed.
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