The National Hispanic Media Coalition filed suit against the FCC’s Restoring Network Neutrality order Friday, one of several legal challenges expected to be filed.
The order’s publication in the Federal Register Thursday triggered the window for filing legal challenges to the Dec. 14 decision to eliminate the rules against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization, as well as a general conduct standard that could get at other ISP activity.
NHMC argues the order-actually a declaratory ruling, report and order, and order-is arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of the FCC’s discretion.
In the order portion, the FCC denied NHMC’s motion that informal FCC complaints NHMC had obtained through a FOIA request be included in the record and put out for comment before a decision, calling it a “Pretext for delay.”
“Throughout the proceeding NHMC uncovered 50,000 of the FCC’s own Net Neutrality consumer complaints- clear evidence that the 2015 Open Internet Order provided adequate consumer protections,” said NHMC VP and general counsel Carmen Scurato.
“Nonetheless, the FCC charged ahead without considering this key evidence as part of its rulemaking proceeding, a striking violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. NHMC will continue to raise this fatal error in process and will fight in court to reinstate Title II Net Neutrality.”