As expected, emerged challenges to the FCC’s implementation of Net Neutrality regulations via Title II have emerged. Yesterday two petitions were filed in two different federal courts.
The trade group US Telecom, which appears to be the chosen vehicle of the big players (AT&T, Verizon et al), filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals in DC, while the Texas-based fixed wireless provider Alamo Broadband made a similar move down in New Orleans. The two petitioners represent very different factions of the industry, each with its own reasons to protest Title II.
Supposedly, the actions came on Monday as the last of a 10 day period since the rules themselves were posted. But the FCC says the deadline for legal challenges is 60 days after being published int he Federal Register, which hasn’t happened yet — so those pesky initial lawsuits should be dismissed.
And so it begins.
It’ll be years before either dance is complete of course. In the meantime, net neutrality is here and it’s not going anywhere. Unless of course someone finds a loophole.
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