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D.C. Court Will Hear Net Neutrality Lawsuits

October 6, 2011

In what may be an early victory for Verizon, a judicial panel announced Thursday that lawsuits against federal Internet competition rules will be heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

That's where Verizon filed its challenge to the net neutrality regulations, which govern how Internet providers provide access. The telecom giant argues that the Federal Communications Commission has no authority to regulate such issues.

Other groups, which take the opposite view and argue that the FCC didn't go far enough, filed lawsuits in five other courts. Those will all be combined and heard in the D.C. court, which was chosen randomly in a lottery system overseen by a panel of judges.

It is seen as a potentially favorable court because in 2010 it ruled that the FCC did not have the authority to prevent Comcast from blocking a website.

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