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FCC Moves To Dismiss Net Neutrality Challenges

January 28, 2011: The FCC has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, to dismiss two lawsuits challenging the newly adopted Open Internet Order, saying the suits were filed prematurely, PC Magazine reports. Verizon and MetroPCS had both challenged the FCC's authority to regulate broadband.

The FCC last month approved a set of "net neutrality" regulations including a "no blocking" rule for lawful content, transparency requirements, and a rule against "unreasonable" discrimination in Internet traffic. Providers are allowed to engage in "reasonable network management" under the regulatins.

In its motion for dismissal, the FCC said the suits, filed before the FCC order has been published in the Federal Register, are "incurably premature." The suits may be refiled once the order has been published.



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