• On April 4, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed Verizon’s and MetroPCS’s appeals of the FCC’s Open Internet order. The court found that the FCC’s “order is a rulemaking document subject to publication in the Federal Register,” and not, as the appellants maintained, “a licensing decision ‘with respect to specific parties.’” The court concluded that Verizon’s and MetroPCS’s appeals could not be resurrected by the order’s subsequent publication in the Federal Register, concluding that “the prematurity is incurable.” Verizon v. FCC, Nos. 11-1014, et al. (D.C. Cir.).
  • The submission deadline for the FCC Open Internet Challenge is June 1, 2011. The FCC seeks ideas for monitoring Internet providers’ compliance with the Open Internet rules. The winner will get a trip to Washington, DC and will be honored at an FCC Chairman’s reception. More information can be found here.