Supreme Court Won't Review Decision That OK'd Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

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 U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused a request by the Trump administration and the telecommunications industry to wipe away a lower court decision that had upheld Obama-era net neutrality rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, though the justices' action does not undo the 2017 repeal of the policy. Neither gave a reason, but Kavanaugh played a role in the case on the appeals court, saying he would have overturned the net neutrality rule.

The "DACA" program - formally, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - was created by the Obama Administration, and has spared almost 700,000 immigrant youths from being sent back to countries from which they came as children with their parents.

A federal appeals court had upheld the rules, which prohibit internet providers from blocking or throttling content or selling off "fast lanes" of traffic so websites can get speedier access to consumers. "USTelecom will continue to support that order from challenges in Washington, D.C. and state capitals".

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The case has been before the ninth circuit in San Francisco for six months and the court takes an average of 23 months to issue a final ruling.

The Trump administration a year ago announced its plan to phase out the program, but federal courts have ruled variously that the phase-out could not apply retroactively and that the program should be restarted.

Several of the plaintiffs in the case said the rejection wasn't surprising, given that the FCC has already repealed net neutrality. Four of nine justices must agree to hear a case, but only three voted to grant the petitions. In his ruling on U.S. Telecom Association, Kavanaugh called net neutrality "unlawful" as the 1934 Communications Act "does not supply clear congressional authorization for the FCC to impose common carrier regulation" on internet service providers (ISPs). In January, Alsup put the phase-out of the program on hold, saying it would be devastating to the 700,000 affected immigrants. The high court doesn't typically take cases before federal appeals courts rule on them.

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The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not hear challenges to Obama-era net neutrality rules, declining to wade in on an ever-changing internet business landscape.

In the meantime, the March 5 date to end DACA by the Administration's own action came and went after lawsuits against the shutdown plan went forward in lower federal courts, leading to the three nationwide court orders keeping DACA in intact for the time being. The Trump administration is seeking to convince the Supreme Court to consolodate those cases because they make the same substantive objections to the planned DACA recession, and toss them all out on the merits.

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