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US Supreme Court ends fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules

US Supreme Court ends fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules

The Trump administration and internet service providers had asked to justices to wipe away the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that had temporarily preserved the net neutrality regulations championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama.

The Supreme Court has ended the court fight over repealed Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that required internet providers to treat all online traffic equally. It's a victory for net neutrality advocates, as it maintains pre-existing legal precedent necessary to protect net neutrality.

The decision [PDF] removes one piece of a jigsaw of legal cases working their way through the law courts that challenge both the 2015 rules - introduced during the Obama Administration under FCC chair Tom Wheeler - and the more recent 2018 rules - introduced during the Trump Administration by FCC chair Ajit Pai.

Internet providers who had petitioned the Supreme Court said they support an open Internet.

That's easily in net neutrality activists' best interest.

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That's important because it give an indication of how the conservative side of the court will vote when the issue of net neutrality does eventually make its way to the country's highest court.

The notice also noted that: "Chief Justice and Justice Kavanaugh took no part in the consideration or decision of these petitions". Meanwhile, Roberts has a financial portfolio that includes investments in Time Warner, according to Bloomberg's Matt Schettenhelm. That opinion, in 2016, held that the Federal Communications Commission had acted within its powers when it approved sweeping new rules the year before that imposed new obligations on Internet providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. That still remains federal policy. That suit, which is also pending before the D.C. Circuit, is quickly becoming the center of the legal battle over net neutrality now, with the Supreme Court deciding not to hear its net neutrality case.

The U.S. Supreme Court for a second straight year refused on Monday to hear a challenge to California's limits on carrying handguns in public, dealing another setback to gun rights proponents.

The FCC's rules, though were largely repealed by the Trump era FCC in December. "Let's call this interesting".


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