The Federal Communications Commission filed on Friday to dismiss challenges to its new Internet traffic rules, an agency official said.

A senior FCC official said the agency filed several motions with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit asking the court to dismiss as premature challenges from Verizon Communications Inc and MetroPCS Communications Inc.

The rules that govern when and how parties may challenge FCC orders are clear, and Verizon and MetroPCS filed too early when they challenged the Open Internet order, a senior FCC official said in an e-mail.

(Reporting by Sinead Carew, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)