As anticipated, Verizon Communications resurrected its legal challenge against the FCC’s open Internet order by re-filing its appeal last Friday with the D.C. Circuit Court. Last April, the D.C. Circuit dismissed Verizon’s original petition (as well as a separate appeal filed by MetroPCS) on grounds that it had been filed before the net neutrality rules were published in the Federal Register. Since the text of the open Internet order appeared in the Federal Register last month, Free Press and several other parties have petitioned against the rules at various legal venues across the U.S. that include the First, Second, Fourth and Ninth Circuit courts. As it did in its original appeal, Verizon told the D.C. Circuit in one of two petitions submitted last Friday that the D.C. Circuit holds exclusive jurisdiction over the case because the net neutrality rules effectively alter the terms of FCC wireless licenses issued to Verizon. (Last April, however, the D.C. Circuit rejected that argument as it observed that the open Internet order “is not a licensing decision with respect to specific parties.”) However, in a second petition that was filed “out of an abundance of caution,” Verizon said it was requesting review under a statutory provision that does not require review of FCC decisions by any specific court. Asserting that the FCC exceeded its statutory authority in adopting net neutrality rules that are “contrary to constitutional right,” Verizon senior vice president Michael Glover told reporters that Verizon “is deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority to impose potentially sweeping and unneeded regulations on broadband networks.” Countering, however, that the FCC’s rules “are not strong enough” to protect wireless broadband consumers, Free Press Director-Policy Matt Wood described Verizon’s appeal as a request that would “leave the FCC without any authority to protect Internet users whatsoever.”