Supreme Court Cuts Short Battle Over Net Neutrality Regulation

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected AT&T's appeal to overturn the 2015 net neutrality rules.                  CNET  Marguerite Reardon

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected AT&T's appeal to overturn the 2015 net neutrality rules. CNET Marguerite Reardon

The Justice Department appealed that decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, but it also asked the Supreme Court to weigh in even before the 9th Circuit ruled - a procedure known as "cert before judgment".

Two conservative justices - Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh - "took no part in the consideration or decision of these petitions", the court announced. Four of nine justices must agree to hear a case, but only three voted to grant the petitions.

The rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama, meant to safeguard equal access to content on the internet, were opposed by President Donald Trump, a Republican. And the Justice Department acknowledged in Monday's request that the appeals court ruling is likely to come first. In declining to hear an earlier Trump administration appeal in February, the Supreme Court said it expected a San Francisco-based federal appeals court to move "expeditiously".

"USTelecom will continue to support that order from challenges in Washington, D.C. and state capitals", the trade group said.

Those new regulations are the subject of a separate challenge pending in the appeals court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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The Supreme Court decided on Monday that it will not consider a series of challenges from telecom companies to Obama-era net neutrality rules created to bar internet service providers from manipulating loading speeds for specific websites or apps.

"Absent prompt intervention from this court, there is little chance the court would resolve this dispute for at least another year", Francisco wrote in a letter to the Supreme Court. Regardless, net neutrality supporters were encouraged by the Court's decision.

He said Free Press plans to file a final brief in a new appeal challenging the FCC rollback of the rules under Chairman Pai.

The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to make a ruling about DACA as officials seek to begin phasing out the program. The D.C. Circuit Court found that the FCC was well within its authority to adopt net neutrality rules that prevented Internet service companies from blocking, throttling, or otherwise degrading traffic. In a related case, California's decision to impose state-level net neutrality rules is being challenged by the broadband industry and Trump administration. It was opposed by internet companies like Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc, which have said the repeal could lead to higher costs.

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