US Supreme Court Ends Fight Over Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

US Supreme Court Ends Fight Over Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

The move is aggressive and unusual, as decisions on Trump's efforts to rescind DACA are still pending in several federal appeals courts, and the justices seldom take up cases before those judgments issue. 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 Trump administration and the telecom industry had wanted to erase the 2016 ruling even though the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission in December voted to repeal the net neutrality rules.

The Supreme Court's refusal to take up the case means the prior decision remains on the books as precedent, but doesn't appear to have much practical effect given the rules' repeal.

In this case, there were no less than seven petitions - each sent by a different arm of the cable industry - asking the Supreme Court to review a decision by the Washington DC Court of Appeals that said the Obama-era rules were legal. The net neutrality rules prevent an internet service provider or a wireless carrier from setting up a fast lane that can be purchased by a company that streams video or audio content.

Industry trade group USTelecom, one of the groups that challenged the 2015 net neutrality rules, said the high court's action was "not surprising". Other challenges to DACA repeal efforts are now before appeals courts in NY and Washington, D.C.

USTelecom downplayed the importance of the court ruling in a statement. The change fits with the deregulatory stance of the Trump administration.

The decision to close it down was made in September last year, but the government decided that it would "phase out" the program after six months - that is, by March 5 of this year - in order to give Congress an opportunity to consider authorizing DACA and making it legal.

The federal government has asked the Supreme Court to take up two related questions. Although the DACA program has wide public support, the issue of its continuation got caught up in Congress in the midst of a deep political fight over broader immigration policy and thus DACA has not been rescued by Congress. The first is whether the Trump administration's decision to end DACA is something that courts can review at all, or whether it is instead the kind of decision left to administrative agencies.

"It is assumed that the Court of Appeals will proceed expeditiously to decide this case", the Supreme Court's February order read. His work has appeared here since mid-2011.

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