Taking Aim at Title II

WASHINGTON — Here, according to an attorney familiar with process, is the timetable for challenging the D.C. Circuit’s decision upholding Federal Communications Commission network-neutrality rules.

The parties have 45 days from the June 14 decision date to file for a rehearing by the full court — a three-judge panel made the decision.

Parties have 90 days to appeal directly to the Supreme Court if no rehearing petition is filed. If a petition is filed, the parties have 90 days to seek Supreme Court review from the date a rehearing is denied, or (if a rehearing is granted) a new decision is issued.

The appeals court does not generally deviate from that deadline, though the Supreme Court “often” grants extensions for filing when asked by the government or, less often, by other parties to a challenge.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.