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Supreme Court Declines to Change 2016 Net Neutrality Ruling

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Nov 5, 2018, 10:04 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

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.

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