A federal court on Dec. 7 denied a petition by Sprint Nextel Corp. challenging a 2006 decision that gave Verizon Communications Inc. relief from pricing caps and other regulations on high-speed Internet access and services.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said even though the Federal Communications Commission deadlocked at a 2-2 vote on Verizon’s request in March 2006, “Congress had spelled out the legal effect: the petition ‘shall be deemed granted.’”