Verizon loses round in net-neutrality challenge

An appeals court last week rejected the company’s effort to have the same panel of judges who ruled against the FCC in the Comcast case hear its appeal.
Verizon will move forward with its net-neutrality appeal, but not in front of the same judicial panel that last year said the FCC lacked the authority to restrain certain network management practices employed by Comcast.

Verizon suffered a minor defeat last week when a U.S. appeals court denied the company’s request to have a specific court panel consider its appeal of the FCC’s new net-neutrality order.

The company was seeking to have its appeal heard by the same judges who last year said the FCC lacked the authority to stop Comcast from preventing or throttling back access to certain peer-to-peer streaming sites.

Verizon will continue with its appeal using normal channels, the company said.