FCC WANTS MORE TIME TO RESPOND TO NET NEUTRALITY CHALLENGE

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The Federal Communications Commission has asked for more time to respond to petitions of broadband providers, including AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp., asking for a full federal appeals court review of a panel decision to uphold the agency’s 2015 net neutrality rules.

On Aug. 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit set a deadline of Sept. 12 for the agency to respond to the petitions. The FCC’s Aug. 23 motion requested a deadline extension to Oct. 3, stating the Sept. 12 deadline fell during a busy period for the agency. Counsel for the broadband providers did not oppose the extension, according to the FCC filing.

In June, a D.C. Circuit panel upheld the FCC’s 2015 decision to reclassify how it regulates ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The agency’s net neutrality rules would prohibit the blocking, throttling or paid prioritization of internet traffic.  Providers have argued the rules are far more stringent than those previously applied to the wireless and wireline industries.