The FCC anticipates that large cable companies will sue the agency after it votes into place net neutrality regulations. This would be a mere repeat of history. It will have the clarifying impact of forcing hands: Companies that tried to split the fence will be decidedly on one end of it or the other.
Here’s Chairman Tom Wheeler from earlier today, as quoted by The Hill: “The big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out. […] We need to make sure that we have sustainable rules, and that starts with making sure that we have addressed the multiplicity of issues that come along and are likely to be raised.”
Read simply, Wheeler is pointing out that anything his agency puts into place that can’t withstand a well-funded lawsuit is moot. This makes the current tussle concerning what legal foundation to base new net neutrality regulations on a bit more…
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