Trump Admin Wants Net Neutrality Lawsuit Tossed
The Trump administration has asked a federal appeals court to reject a lawsuit that challenges the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules. The FCC voted in December 2017 to nix the Obama-era rules, and the change went into effect in June. A group of corporations, local governments, public interest groups, and 22 states filed a lawsuit seeking the rules to be reinstated. The Department of Justice disagrees, saying the suit has "no substantial reason to second-guess the commission's decision to eliminate rules that the agency has determined are both unlawful and unwise." The FCC reclassified internet access as an information service, rather than a utility under Title II. The Republican leadership of the FCC believes the industry will regulate itself through transparency. The now-negated regulations had bright line rules that prevented providers from blocking content, throttling speeds, and offering paid fast lanes. The State of California recently enacted its own net neutrality legislation and was promptly sued by the Justice Department. The tug-of-war over the issue will continue in the courts.
Aug 21, 2018
The attorneys general from 22 states, plus the District of Columbia, have asked an appeals court to reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality rules that were stricken by the FCC in June. The states also want to ensure the Trump administration cannot prevent individual states from installing their own such rules.
Mar 9, 2018
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.
Jan 9, 2018
Some members of the Senate hope they can overturn the FCC's attempt to repeal current net neutrality regulations. Sen.
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.
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.