FCC asks court to dismiss Verizon net neutrality suit

Lawyers for the Federal Communications Commission on Friday filed a motion with the D.C. Circuit Court seeking the dismissal of Verizon’s lawsuit challenging the net neutrality rules the agency adopted in December.

The FCC is asking the court to throw out Verizon’s challenge, and a subsequent lawsuit filed by wireless firm MetroPCS, on procedural grounds.

Verizon filed its suit before the FCC’s open Internet order had been published in the Federal Register, normally a prerequisite for such challenges.

But Verizon contended that the new rules alter the terms of its wireless license, a move that aimed to circumvent the normal process due to a quirk in jurisdictional statute.

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