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.
Nov 5, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court will not consider a 2016 verdict over net neutrality, leaving the initial ruling intact.
Oct 26, 2018
California today said it has agreed not to enforce its own net neutrality law until a final decision is reached concerning the FCC's scrapping of Obama-era regulations. In December 2017, the FCC voted to get rid of the previous administration's net neutrality rules, which classified broadband as a utility under Title II and set bright line rules regarding internet traffic.
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."
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.
Sep 27, 2018
The FCC is stripping power away from state and local governments in order to facilitate the installment of 5G infrastructure. This week the agency moved forward on an earlier proposal that sets limits on fees municipalities can charge for cell site applications, as well as the timeframe in which those applications need to be approved.