Verizon is trying to convince the Federal Communications Commission that it won’t sue to block net neutrality rules as long as they’re issued without reclassifying broadband providers as utilities. Yet, Verizon did sue the FCC the last time it crafted net neutrality rules without relying on its utility regulation powers.
In 2010, the FCC issued rules preventing Internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against traffic by relying on Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, rather than the stronger powers the FCC has under Title II, which covers utilities or “common carriers.” Verizon sued and won, with a federal appeals court stating that the FCC could not issue what amounted to common carrier rules without first reclassifying broadband service as a utility, similar to the traditional phone network.
That’s why the FCC is now considering reclassifying broadband. It wants the next set of net neutrality rules to survive a court challenge. “We are going to be sued,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said last week.
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