Cable Internet provider Comcast on Thursday sued the US Federal Communications Commission to try and block the government body's net neutrality order, which requires that the company avoid discriminating against particular types of Internet traffic when managing its network. Comcast executive VP David Cohen describes the suit as an attempt to challenge what he claims is an "absence of pre-existing legally enforceable standards" that would require Comcast to obey the FCC's ruling.
The FCC in 2005 issued a decree that specifically recommended an open Internet but which at the time was not immediately legally binding. In recent months, the FCC has increasingly turned to the decree as a guiding principle and drew from it in its decision to require open access for the winning bidders in a particular section of the 700MHz wireless spectrum auction, which is set to determine the future of Ame
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