updated 04:30 pm EDT, Thu October 6, 2011
FCC says Verizon lawsuit lacks jurisdiction
Verizon's second attempt to appeal the FCC's net neutrality rules has been met with a rebuttal from the FCC. The governing body is now arguing Verizon's lawsuit is not valid because it doesn't have the needed jurisdiction. The new rules are due to take place into November 20.
The FCC said Verizon's appeal is only applicable when the Court is asked to review an FCC order that modifies specific individual licenses. It can't be applied to generally applicable FCC orders such as this Open Internet Order that regulates a broad group of licensees as a class, the Commission said.
In the lawsuit, Verizon argued the FCC does not have the authority to enforce restrictions on how carriers and service providers go about offering Internet connections to their subscribers. The FCC, in turn, claimed there are statutes in place that give it that power.
The net neutrality rules would stop ISPs from blocking access to specific websites and VoIP calling services like Skype. Network management policies would also have to be freely available and disclosed. [via PhoneScoop]