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US Supreme Court ends fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules

US Supreme Court ends fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules

Late Monday the Justice Department announced it was bypassing regional appellate benches and going straight to the high court to gain support for its effort to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Trump administration and internet service providers had asked justices to wipe away the ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that had temporarily preserved the net neutrality regulations championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama.

The appeal sought to challenge a lower court ruling that upheld Obama-era net neutrality rules that banned Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to certain websites, CNBC reported. The administration wants a ruling on the issue this term.

Beer enthusiast Kavanaugh was on the DC Court of Appeals that decided the case and back then he dissented and argued that the requirement to not block content violated ISPs' First Amendment rights - and so recused himself from the Supreme Court decision.

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Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas would have granted the industry's request. Providers complained that the rules were overly burdensome and a violation of the FCC's congressionally granted powers; consumer advocates said the rules were necessary as a vital consumer protection. Neither gave a reason, but Kavanaugh played a role in the case on the appeals court, saying he would have overturned the net neutrality rule.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh were both recused from deciding whether to take up the case. Instead, lower courts are examining how the government chose to wind it down.

FILE PHOTO: Chairman Ajit Pai (C) leads a vote on the repeal of so called net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, U.S., December 14, 2017.

California has voted in new net neutrality laws, but the Department of Justice has taken legal action to prevent them from coming into effect in January. They know their repeal of net neutrality was so filled with procedural missteps and outright fraud that they're anxious it will be overturned by next year's net neutrality lawsuits, opening arguments for which begin in February. The fact that the FCC had already voted to repeal net neutrality late previous year made this challenge by the telecom industry a moot point.


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