How do we know that it's going to take a while to get the Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules in working order? Because even though the FCC was roundly accused of copying what Verizon
Verizon has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals to block the implementation of the FCC ruling on net neutrality, followed by another suit filed in the same court by flat-rate mobile operator MetroPCS
Of course, MetroPCS might have ulterior motives with its filing. The company has come under attack from the aforementioned consumer advocacy groups for selectively allowing some types of traffic across its 4G network while blocking others, service by service. For example, on some plans MetroPCS is accused of flat-out blocking Skype calls and hobbling Netflix
This is exactly the scenario net-neutrality rules are designed to prevent. If MetroPCS is upset over that, I suppose the rules are working too well for its comfort. The tiered set of data plans MetroPCS offers is a far less agreeable solution to protect its precious bandwidth than the more straightforward bandwidth caps imposed by AT&T
The real mystery is: What in the world is Verizon up to? It doesn't make sense to effectively draft a legal framework and then oppose its implementation.
If you know what's up with Verizon's turncoat ways, feel free to enlighten the rest of us in the comments below. Else, just add Verizon to your watchlist to keep a close eye on the situation.
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