Verizon Gets Early Win In Neutrality Fight
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Will Be the Battleground
by Karl Bode 08:44AM Friday Oct 07 2011 Tipped by FFH
Verizon has scored an early win in the company's efforts to have the FCC's authority to enforce their network neutrality rules crimped. A judicial panel chose the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in a random lottery Thursday, a court Verizon had been eager to have selected
due this particular court's historical tendency to construe the FCC's ancillary authority narrowly. Verizon had tried to "court shop" earlier this year, filing a lawsuit in the hopes of getting this forum -- before their first suit was shot down for being premature
. "The FCC stands ready to defend its open Internet order in any court of appeals," insists the FCC.