Net Neutrality Ruling Rejected By The US Supreme Court

Supreme Court rejects industry challenge of 2015 net neutrality rules

Supreme Court Rejects Net Neutrality Case

While the Trump-era FCC has since repealed net neutrality, companies such as AT&T and Verizon brought the appeals court ruling to the Supreme Court along with six other cases, all in the hopes of officially removing the court's decision supporting net neutrality. The case is now before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is widely viewed as a liberal-leaning court.

But the Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to skip ahead in the process - and step in before the lower courts are finished.

However, the court's choice reveals how three conservative judges would rule against prior precedent on net neutrality, with Kavanaugh likely following along based on his prior opinion on the matter.

The Supreme Court's decision does not reverse nor reject the FCC's ruling to repeal net neutrality. Four of nine justices must agree to hear a case, but only three voted to grant the petitions.

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The case has been before the ninth circuit in San Francisco for six months and the court takes an average of 23 months to issue a final ruling.

The legal moves reflected a desire by conservatives and industry players to cement the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules, which were created to restrict Internet service providers' ability to manipulate loading speeds for specific websites or apps.

The Supreme Court case therefore could not have had any effect upon the now-repealed regulations themselves, but aimed rather to challenge the FCC's authority to pass such regulations at all. To date, the program has shielded some 700,000 immigrants from deportation.

Last month, frustrated by delays, the department filed notice that it would seek the high court's intervention if the 9th Circuit court did not rule by October 31. The trial judge refused to rule on that challenge, concluding that the states had waited too long to challenge the original DACA program. The Trump administration is seeking to convince the Supreme Court to consolodate those cases because they make the same substantive objections to the planned DACA recession, and toss them all out on the merits. Although the DACA program has wide public support, the issue of its continuation got caught up in Congress in the midst of a deep political fight over broader immigration policy and thus DACA has not been rescued by Congress. Those are the orders that the Administration has now asked the Justices to overturn. The D.C. Circuit upheld the regulations, prompting industry groups to escalate the case to the Supreme Court. His work has appeared here since mid-2011.

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