Lawyer questions FCC’s authority on Net neutrality rules

IDG News Service – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lacks the statutory authority to make network neutrality rules prohibiting broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing some Internet traffic, gynecologist a former U.S. solicitor general said Wednesday.

If the FCC wants the authority to proceed with its Net neutrality, or open Internet, rulemaking proceeding, it should go to Congress to get permission, said Gregory Garre, who served as solicitor general, the U.S. government’s lawyer before the Supreme Court, under former President George W. Bush.

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