Court Tosses Out "Net Neutrality" Lawsuits

A federal appeals court tossed out lawsuits filed by two phone companies challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s new “net neutrality” rules, saying that the suits were premature.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Monday dismissed lawsuits filed by Verizon Communications Inc. and MetroPCS Communications Inc., saying the companies had to wait to challenge the rules until they were published in the Federal Register.

In December the FCC adopted new rules prohibiting Internet providers from deliberately blocking or slowing Web traffic, but the agency hasn’t formally published them.

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