FCC sends net neutrality rules to Federal Register, sets stage for telco, industry challenges

The FCC has sent its net neutrality rules to the Federal Register, moving the new regulations into practice and setting the stage for a slew of legal challenges from a host of telcos and industry associations.  

Anyone that wants to file a suit over the rules can't do so until they are formally published in the Federal Register. Because it takes time for the Federal Register to conduct its internal process, it won't publish them for a number of days.

After the rules are published, a number of groups including USTelecom and the American Cable Association (ACA) are expected to file legal challenges against the new rules.

USTelecom, which represents large telcos like AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ), recently made its first move to challenge the FCC's net neutrality rules by filing a review petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals late last month.

Although many telecom executives, including those from AT&T and Verizon, two of the loudest opponents to the rules, support the principles of not blocking Web traffic, but they oppose the FCC's decision to regulate broadband service as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act.

For more:
- WSJ has this article (sub. req.)

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