Supreme Court Declines to Change 2016 Net Neutrality Ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court will not consider a 2016 verdict over net neutrality, leaving the initial ruling intact. Earlier this year, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to vacate the 2016 ruling that verified the validity of the Obama-era net neutrality rules. Specifically, the Trump administration hoped the Supreme Court would find that the then-Democratic FCC had exceeded its authority or violated the First Amendment by putting net neutrality rules into effect in 2015. Those rules have since been stripped by the current Republican-led FCC. The agency voted in December 2017 to drop the rules and formally did so in June 2018. Dropping net neutrality rules was largely seen as a victory for companies that supply broadband and wireless services.
Oct 12, 2018
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.
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 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.
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.
Oct 3, 2018
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.