Verizon, MetroPCS Net Neutrality Cases Tossed for Jumping the Gun

Posted by at 3:26 pm on April 4, 2011

The FCC gained a victory Monday after a US federal appeals court tossed attempts by Verizon and MetroPCS to challenge its net neutrality order. The US agency took advantage of technicalities as both of the carriers had complained before the neutrality rules were entered in the Federal Register. Court judges said the early filings were “incurable” and had to be dismissed outright.

Both MetroPCS and Verizon intended to file the complaints again.

The carriers both object to the rules since they would both require disclosure of any network management techniques and prevent any direct blocks on legal apps over their wireless networks.

Many worry if the two carriers win in the future, they could block services such as Skype. MetroPCS, for example, currently blocks Netflix access on its mobile data plans unless users pay for the best tier of service.

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