US Internet Corps Sue California Over Net Neutrality Law
Four major internet company lobbying organizations have filed a lawsuit against California seeking to block the state's new net neutrality law. California recently signed into law strict rules governing internet providers to prevent throttling, blocking, and paid prioritization. The CTIA, USTelecom, America Cable Association, and NCTA filed jointly, calling the law a "classic example of unconstitutional state regulation." FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and U.S. General Attorney Jeff Sessions have both called the law illegal and vowed to fight it. The Justice Department, under Sessions' leadership, filed its own lawsuit against California. California's action was the direct result of the FCC's dismantling of Obama-era net neutrality laws earlier this year. The DOJ's case will first be heard in November. It's not clear how quickly the internet lobbying groups' lawsuit will reach the courts.
Oct 1, 2018
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Sunday that made net neutrality the law, but the state was quickly sued by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jun 11, 2018
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today.
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.
Sep 18, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pulled no punches when remarking on the state of California's recently-passed net neutrality rules. Speaking at the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Pai heaped criticism on the state's legislature.
Nov 14, 2018
Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, wants Congress to prevent states from enacting their own net neutrality and privacy laws. "There are a number of states that are now passing their own legislation around privacy and, by the way, net neutrality."