FCC seemingly forgot about a net neutrality complaint filed against Verizon
As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to deregulate broadband providers and eliminate or weaken net neutrality rules, the commission has not yet made a ruling on a net neutrality complaint filed against Verizon more than a year ago.
There have been tens of thousands of “informal” net neutrality complaints filed since the rules took effect in 2015, but there has been only one formal complaint. Informal complaints can be filed for free but won’t necessarily result in a ruling; formal complaints require a filing fee of $225 and kick off a court-like proceeding in which the parties appear before the FCC and file numerous documents to address legal issues.
The only formal net neutrality complaint was filed in July 2016 by a Verizon Wireless customer named Alex Nguyen, who alleged that the carrier has violated the rules with numerous actions that blocked third-party devices and applications from being used on its network. The complaint has its own docket, and Verizon has made several responses to the allegations, yet it has been so little-noticed that the people who wrote the FCC’s proposal to repeal net neutrality rules seemingly forgot that it existed.