On Monday, two lawsuits were filed against the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules for broadband Internet service, the beginning of what is expected to be a flurry of legal challenges to the new regulations.
The United States Telecom Association, a trade group that represents some of the nation’s largest Internet providers, filed suit in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. On the same day, Alamo Broadband, a small broadband provider based in Texas, sued in federal court in New Orleans.
The lawsuits came sooner than many experts had expected, months before the rules — voted on last month — are even set to take effect: 60 days after they are eventually published in the Federal Register. Both filings seemed to acknowledge that they were potentially premature, with USTelecom asserting that its filing was “protective,” and Alamo calling its own action one taken “in an abundance of caution.”