Court dismisses challenges to FCC Internet rules - KMOV.com

Court dismisses challenges to FCC Internet rules

Posted: Updated:
By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has dismissed two legal challenges to new Federal Communications Commission regulations that prohibit phone and cable companies from interfering with Internet traffic on their broadband networks.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Monday dismissed lawsuits filed by Verizon Communications Inc. and Metro PCS Communications Inc. on technical grounds. The court said the companies filed their challenges prematurely since the rules have not yet been published in the federal register.

The new regulations bar broadband providers from favoring or discriminating against Internet content and services, including online calling and Web video services that could compete with their core phone and cable operations. The FCC's three Democrats voted to adopt the regulations late last year over the objection of the agency's two Republicans.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Powered by Frankly