For Immediate Release
Jenn Ettinger, 202-265-1490 x 35
Appeals Court to Verizon and MetroPCS: Not So Fast
Free Press applauds decision rejecting first attempt to undo FCC’s Net Neutrality rules
WASHINGTON - On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed challenges by Verizon and MetroPCS to the Net Neutrality rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in December. In their challenges, Verizon and MetroPCS had argued that the FCC lacked authority to adopt the rules. The Court of Appeals held that Verizon and MetroPCS failed to abide by basic procedural rules and filed their court documents prematurely.
Free Press Policy Counsel Aparna Sridhar made the following statement:
“We are pleased that the D.C. Circuit rejected this attempt by Verizon and MetroPCS to circumvent basic rules on challenging FCC decisions. We’re gratified that the Court ruled that even powerful companies like these cannot jump the line to have their arguments heard. We expect that Verizon and MetroPCS are not finished trying to undo the FCC’s Net Neutrality policy, but we hope that this ruling sends a signal to those companies that their arguments will face close scrutiny, no matter how novel or clever they appear to be.”
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