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Like other Internet service providers, Verizon is fighting to derail the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) rules for network neutrality. But Verizon has set itself apart from other ISPs with its legal arguments for why the FCC's Open Internet Order should be tossed out.

In its legal brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, Verizon lawyers claim the FCC has exceeded its regulatory authority by trying to dictate how ISPs control the flow of information across their networks. More importantly, the company claims the net neutrality rules violate its First Amendment and Fifth Amendment rights.

As Verizon sees it, 'broadband networks are the modern-day microphone by which their owners [e.g. Verizon] engage in First Amendment speech.' Furthermore, the company should be allowed to act like a newspaper does, selectively choosing what information...
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Amanda Lang was a wonderful member of the Opednews team, and the first volunteer editor, for a good number of years being a senior editor. She passed away summer 2014.

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