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.
Washington State First to Approve Its Own Net Neutrality Rules
The State of Washington on Monday approved its own set of laws regulating net neutrality after the FCC voted in December to scrap such laws at the federal level. The law bans internet providers from throttling and/or blocking content, and also mandates that they make public their network management policies.
Net Neutrality Repeal Goes Into Effect April 23
The FCC today published its "Restoring Internet Freedom" rules governing net neutrality in the Federal Register. Per the filing, the agency will repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules effective April 23.
FCC's Net Neutrality Reversal to Go Into Effect Thursday
The FCC is prepared to publish its order abolishing Obama-era net neutrality rules in the Federal Register on Thursday, the last act needed to put the change into effect. The rules will be made public in their final form on Wednesday, according to an unnamed source cited by Reuters, and will appear in the Federal Register the following day.
Democrat Senators Move Forward with Bid to Reinstate Net Neutrality
With the support of 50 Senators, Democrats are advancing a bill to bring back the rules governing net neutrality that were cut by the Republican-led FCC. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality in December and the rules reached the Federal Registry earlier this month.
22 Attorneys General Sue to Block FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal
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.
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