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Verizon Files Lawsuit Over FCC Net Neutrality Order

Broadband provider Verizon Communications has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's authority to enforce net neutrality rules.

Verizon filed the lawsuit Thursday in Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the company said. The FCC voted Dec. 21 to prohibit broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content and applications.

Verizon is committed to preserving an open Internet, Michael Glover, Verizon's senior vice president and deputy general counsel, said in a statement. But the lawsuit comes after a "careful review" of the FCC order, he said.

"We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself," he added. "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."

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is grant_gross@idg.com.

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