Verizon Tells the FCC to Shove It – Believes the FCC Is Overstepping Its Authority with Its Quest for ‘Net Neutality’

Verizon is taking a big step today by filing an appeal against the FCC’s self-imposed powers to regulate the Internet, a duty not granted by Congress. Verizon’s press release attached below is pretty self explanatory, claiming that the FCC is overstepping its authority and is actually hurting openness and innovation on the Internet with its new rules (a theme that many on both sides of the argument expressed when the FCC announcement was made in December 2010). For more on this topic, check out our previous post.

Verizon Files Appeal in Federal Court Regarding FCC Net Neutrality Order

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 — Verizon Communications on Thursday (Jan. 20) filed an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s Report and Order on rules dealing with the issue of net neutrality. The following statement should be attributed to Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel:

“Verizon has long been committed to preserving an open Internet and meeting the needs of our customers. We have worked extensively with all players in the Internet and communications space to shape policies that ensure an open Internet and encourage investment, innovation and collaboration with content providers and others to meet the needs of consumers.

“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.”

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