In a lawsuit lodged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Verizon is arguing that the FCC regulations, widely considered a compromise, between groups who advocate for the greatest possible access to Internet content and business interests, such as Verizon, are onerous.
Michael Glover, a Verizon senior vice president, issued a statement saying, "We are deeply concerned by the F.C.C.'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."
Aparna Sridhar, the group's policy counsel, said in a statement:
Verizon's decision demonstrates that even the most weak and watered-down rules aren't enough to appease giant phone companies. It's ironic that Verizon is unhappy with rules that were written to placate it, and it's now clear that it will settle for nothing less than total deregulation and a toothless FCC in the relentless pursuit of profit.
In a guest post for ACSblog, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Abigail Phillips examined the FCC's regulatory proposal on net neutrality, writing that according to FCC statements, the new rules "appear to be riddled with loopholes and exemptions, to the point where the FCC's declaration that the order represents bright-line rules and a framework for predictability is hard to reconcile."