The U.S. court of appeals overseeing Verizon's objections to the FCC net neutrality regulations said it has "deep concerns" about the rules.
The three-judge panel is most worried
about a provision in the rules that prevents broadband providers from
charging content companies for faster access to consumers.
The FCC wants
all data transiting wired and wireless broadband networks to be treated
equally, with no preference given to certain sorts of traffic.
For example, broadband companies will
not be allowed to block traffic from/to web sites that will not pay to
have their content transmitted. The judges have not issued a final
ruling on the matter, however.
Verizon sued the FCC over the
regulations, challenging the FCC's authority to set internet policy. Verizon is also playing a First Amendment card. It suggests that
"broadband providers possess editorial discretion" since they are
responsible for transmitting the speech of others.