The Federal Communications Commission is moving to dismiss Verizon's challenge to the agency's open Internet rules.
The FCC filed a motion Wednesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to dismiss Verizon's lawsuit challenging rules barring wireline broadband providers from discriminating against Internet content, services or applications.
"We look forward to defending our open Internet framework in court. This strong and balanced framework has brought certainty and predictability, stimulating investment across the broadband economy," an FCC spokesman said Thursday. "Verizon's legal challenge is not only misguided; it threatens to destabilize an important and growing part of our economy at a critical time."
Verizon officially relaunched its legal bid to overturn the so-called net neutrality rules last week. Its original lawsuit filed in January was derailed after a federal court said the company could not file a challenge until the rules were published in the Federal Register, which the FCC did on Sept. 23.
In its motion to dismiss, the FCC argued that Verizon lacks jurisdiction to challenge the rules to the federal appeals court because it would not modify "radio licenses" as Verizon has claimed.