Big Red, or Verizon, is not too happy with the recent net neutrality ruling by the FCC, and has gone to the Court of Appeals to combat it. We’re not sure what will come of this, but the largest mobile carrier in the US isn’t going to take the FCC’s newfound regulatory authority laying down. The carrier today filed an appeal in a federal court in regards to the FCC Net Neutrality order from not too long ago.
“Today’s filing is the result of a careful review of the FCC’s order. We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself. We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress, and creates uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers.”
So basically Verizon believes that the FCC has abused their authority, and even given themselves more authority than they should have in the ruling. We know that Verizon and Google had teamed up for a bit, despite Google’s denial of talks, to outline their own rules as to what net neutrality should be. Even if the two had tried to come up with something to combat the FCC’s ruling, it may not have even helped. Needless to say, Big Red’s legal team has some work cut out for them.
While we’re not hedging any bets, it would be interesting to see if anyone else decides to join in with Verizon and try to do something about the net neutrality policy. But something tells us that even if a gang of carriers decided to go to appeals court over this matter, it could very well end badly.
For now, we’ll all have to abide by the FCC’s rules, but who knows, maybe Verizon will get lucky. Until we hear more about the case, all we’ll have is the press release that you can find after the break.