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Verizon Challenges FCC Net Neutrality Rules in Court

The Federal Communications Commission -- the telecom regulatory body in the U.S has filed a motion that could prevent Verizon from making appeals against its Net Neutrality rules.

Verizon recently tried to challenge existing transparency rules which would impose sanctions against ISPs that allocate larger chunks of traffic to particular websites.

In this new filing, the FCC has asked the court to disallow Verizon to appeal against the Net Neutrality rule-making. In support of its appeal, Verizon also cited its history of challenges, perhaps to project the wireless carrier as a rogue, bellicose element.

"Verizon's theory of jurisdiction [applies only] when this Court is asked to review an FCC order that modifies specific individual licenses," the FCC argued in its filing, according to a report by the Inquirer.

"Jurisdiction over the Open Internet Order thus lies only under Section 402(a) and Verizon's notice of appeal in Case 11-1355 should be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction," it added.

The proposed Net Neutrality rules prevent broadband providers from preventing legal content, while still leaving room for providers for managing their networks.