The inevitable challenges have begun.

The first legal challenges to the FCC’s Open Internet order had been filed by broadband trade organization the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) and by independent carrier Alamo Broadband. Inasmuch as the rules have not been published in the Federal Register, they are not yet in effect, and the Commission released a statement early last week that the legal actions are “premature” and may be dismissed as such. But the USTelecom petition, they say, was filed “out of an abundance of caution.”