Rockefeller, Waxman 'Disappointed' In Verizon

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The top Democrats on the House and Senate Commerce Committees, which oversee the Federal Communications Commission, Friday said they were 'disappointed' that Verizon had chosen to challenge the agency's new network neutrality rules in court.

"Verizon has the legal right to do this, but we are disappointed that they filed suit," said Senate Commerce Committee chair Jay Rockefeller and ranking House Energy & Commerce Committee member Henry Waxman in a joint statement. "We support the FCC's efforts because they will protect consumers and provide companies with the certainty they need to make investments in our growing digital economy."

Their opposite numbers on the Republican side of the aisle gave a shout-out Thursday afternoon to the telco after it told a D.C. federal appeals court that the FCC's expansion and codification of network neutrality guidelines was an unconstitutional, arbitrary and capricious regulatory overreach that the court should reject, as it did the FCC's finding that Comcast's blocking of BitTorrent file uploads violated those guidelines.

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