Verizon sues to overturn 'net neutrality' rules

September 30, 2011 - 5:15 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Verizon Communications, the largest U.S. cell phone carrier, is suing to overturn new government regulations governing the flow of Internet traffic.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Washington's U.S. Court of Appeals contends the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its authority in setting its so-called "net neutrality" rules last year. The rules are scheduled to go into effect in two months. They prohibit Internet service providers from discriminating against or giving special treatment to online services or content.

Verizon filed a similar suit earlier this year, but it was thrown out after the court determined the complaint was premature. The publication since then of the rules in the Federal Register provided Verizon with a new opportunity to challenge the FCC's regulations.