United States Telecom Association, an industry trade group, filed a suit early this week to reverse the neutrality rules set by the government --- the first of what may lead to a tide of legal battles.
The court filing asserts the rules to be arbitrary, unpredictable, and in violation of the federal law. The current filing may be a bit short on details, but the timing is crucial. Suits filed within the first 10 publication days of the Federal Registry are submitted into a lottery that will determine where the case will take place.
The Federal Communications Commission displayed its neutrality rules on the Federal Register early this week, a big step that kicked off what may be a long and tedious legal battle between the trade groups and the government.
Industry groups will likely make a legal challenge on procedure grounds as well as questioning the authority of the FCC on reclassifying the Internet as a service of telecommunication. Tom Wheeler, the current chairman for the FCC, expects a successful defense on the case.