US Ninth Circuit to Hear Challenges to FCC Net Neutrality Order
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court, based in San Francisco, will hear legal challenges to the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The Ninth Circuit was chosen at random by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict litigation. Three-quarters of the Ninth's 24 active judges were appointed by Democratic presidents, with the remaining six appointed by Republican President George W. Bush. The Republican-led FCC's net neutrality reversal has been hit by legal challenges from every angle. For example, 22 state attorneys general have filed grievances, as have public interest groups, internet-based companies, and others. The states of California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania are all challenging the FCC, alleging that the agency disregarded "critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses." Several states have said they'll enact net neutrality laws of their own to offset the FCC. In December, the FCC voted 3-2 down party lines to strike down net neutrality and published the rules in the Federal Register on February 22. The change legally goes into effect April 23. It's not clear yet if or how the legal challenges will impact the rollout of the law.
Jan 9, 2018
Some members of the Senate hope they can overturn the FCC's attempt to repeal current net neutrality regulations. Sen.
May 1, 2018
Senate Democrats are looking to make net neutrality a campaign issue heading into the 2018 mid-term elections and will kick things off May 9 with a vote. Sen.
May 16, 2018
Democrats in the Senate forced a vote on net neutrality today and walked away victorious. Members of the Senate voted 52-47 to retain the net neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama administration that were later nixed by the FCC.
Jan 16, 2018
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today, along with the attorneys general of 20 other states and the District of Columbia, filed a petition to block the FCC's attempt to repeal net neutrality. The FCC voted in December to scrap Obama-era rules that prohibit internet service providers from prioritizing some web sites and services over others.