The on-going fight over the new net neutrality rules continue as it was announced that the Washington DC Circuit Court will hear the challenges to the rules. The net neutrality rules prevent internet providers from slowing or interfering with their customers’ traffic. Basically, it punishes providers that allow bigger websites better traffic than smaller sites.
Verizon tried to file suit before the net neutrality rules were published, but the lawsuit was thrown out for being filed too early. Verizon recently refilled the suit after the new rules were published. Meanwhile, the FCC has filed a motion to try to stop Verizon from appealing the new rules.
Verizon’s complaint was consolidated with six others, who filed suit in other cities around the country from New York to San Francisco.
Last year the same court will hear the case ruled against the FCC when it attempted to punish Comcast for allegedly slowing traffic of certain networks a couple of years earlier. The ruling said that the FCC did not have the authority to do so.
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