FCC

Court Sets July 30 for First Net-Neutrality Briefs

Oct. 13 Slated as Wrap-up Date for Filings 6/30/2015 10:45 AM Eastern

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has set an expedited schedule for briefs in the various challenges to the FCC's new net neutrality rules, giving cable and wireless ISPs 30 days to come up with their opening brief (July 30), not to exceed 20,000 words.

 

Both sides of the challenge had sought a speedy process. Final briefs in the case will be due Oct. 13.

 

The court said that oral argument will be scheduled on "the first appropriate date following the completion of briefing," which could mean argument before the end of the year.

 

And in what may be a tough limtiation in a world of MVPDs and OTT's and OVDs, the court has urged the parties "to limit the use of abbreviations, including acronyms."

 

Wired and wireless ISPs are not challenging the bright-line rules against blocking, throttling or paid prioritization. Instead, they are challenging the FCC's reclassification of Internet access under Title II, as well as including interconnection agreements for the first time in the net neutrality enforcement regime, They are also taking issue with a broad general Internet conduct standard meant to get at conduct that does not fit neatly within those bright lines.

 

The complete schedule, announced Tuesday (June 30), is below:

Joint opening brief of Petitioners United
States Telecom Assoc., et al., and
CTIA - the Wireless Ass’n
(not to exceed 20,000 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 30, 2015

Joint opening brief of Petitioners Alamo
Broadband Inc. and Daniel Berninger
(not to exceed 4,000 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 30, 2015

Joint opening brief of Petitioners Full
Service Network, et al.
(not to exceed 9,000 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 30, 2015

Joint opening brief of Intervenors in
support of Petitioners
(not to exceed 7,000 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .August 6, 2015

Opening brief of Respondent
(not to exceed 33,000 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 14, 2015

Joint brief of Intervenors in support
of Respondent in No. 15-1151
(not to exceed 5,625 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 21, 2015

Joint brief of Intervenors in support
of Respondent in all other petitions
(not to exceed 15,000 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 21, 2015

Joint reply brief of Petitioners United
States Telecom Assoc., et al., and
CTIA - the Wireless Ass’n
(not to exceed 10,000 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .October 5, 2015

Joint reply brief of Petitioners Alamo
Broadband Inc. and Daniel Berninger
(not to exceed 2,000 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .October 5, 2015

Joint reply brief of Petitioners Full
Service Network, et al.
(not to exceed 4,500 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .October 5, 2015

Joint reply brief of Intervenors in
support of Petitioners
(not to exceed 3,500 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .October 5, 2015

Deferred appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 8, 2015

Final briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 13, 2015

 

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