Verizon brings FCC to court over net neutrality rules

Verizon has brought the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to court over its net neutrality rules, accusing it of taking on more power than it is entitled to.

The challenge to the FCC was made in an appeal to the United States Court of Appels for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Verizon said it was “deeply concerned” about the new net neutrality rules, which it said gives the FCC the right to assert “broad authority” and “sweeping new regulation” for broadband networks and even the internet itself.

Verizon accused the FCC of asserting more authority than is granted to it by Congress and said that the rules create uncertainty in the industry, for both companies and consumers.

Verizon’s Senior Vice President, Michael Glover, said that Verizon remains committed to preserving an open internet and that the company has worked hard to help shape policies to ensure the internet remains open, but he suggested that the FCC’s rules go too far.

Verizon has been a key player in the net neutrality debate, forming an alliance with Google to draft up proposals, which were ultimately rejected by the FCC and criticised by many previous supporters, including Facebook, which said that the regulations should be left to the FCC.

Many at the time were fearful that the deal between Verizon and Google would end net neutrality and bring about favouritism between internet service providers and internet-based firms. When the FCC drafted its own rules that debate appeared to be closed, but Verizon is clearly not giving up without a fight.