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The Podium

Friday, January 21

To the Courts

By Brad

The waiting game is over, as Verizon has decided to challenge the FCC’s net neutrality rules in court. Via Todd Shields at Businessweek:

“We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself,” Michael Glover, deputy general counsel for New York-based Verizon, said in a statement yesterday. “We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress.”

At Broadcasting & Cable, John Eggerton reports that Republican Reps. Fred Upton, Greg Walden, and Lee Terry were quick to praise Verizon’s move:

“At stake is not just innovation and economic growth, although those concerns are vital,” the legislators said. “Equally important is putting a check on an FCC that is acting beyond the authority granted to it by Congress. Between our legislative efforts and this court action, we will put the FCC back on firmer ground.

For more coverage, see the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

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