FCC Net Neutrality Rules Challenged by Verizon

US wireless carrier Verizon has filed a lawsuit to over turn the Federal Communications Commission's new Net neutrality rules.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenges the FCC's plans to prohibit Internet providers from blocking access to a particular website or application.

The company said in a press release that, although it supports the concept of an open Internet, the FCC's net neutrality plans had overstepped boundaries.

Commenting on the lawsuit, Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel, said in a statement: "Today's filing is the result of a careful review of the FCC's order. We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself."

"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," he added.

In December, the FCC laid down rules for a two-tiered Internet infrastructure in the US for fixed line broadband and wireless Internet. The rules call for more transparency on the part of broadband and wireless service providers and prohibits them from blocking access to particular websites.

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