Supreme Court Rejects Net Neutrality Case

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Net Neutrality Appeals After Year DelayMore

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Net Neutrality Appeals After Year DelayMore

The federal government tonight returned to the Supreme Court, asking it once again to intervene in a dispute over the Trump administration's decision to end the program known as "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals", which allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to apply for protection from deportation. 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. "To protect this institution from being implicated in the Trump administration's electoral ploy, the Supreme Court should reject the administration's request".

Solicitor General Noel Francisco said it was imperative for the Supreme Court to get the case on the justices' docket for the current term, which is set to end in June.

Although the Supreme Court rarely grants requests to bypass the appeals court stage, the DACA case involves unusual circumstances.

The Justice Department also has filed suit to block California's state net neutrality law from taking effect in January.

But, last August, lawyers for the FCC and Department of Justice (at direct telecom industry behest) filed a brief (pdf) with the Supreme Court, urging it to vacate the 2016 court ruling that upheld the Wheeler-era net neutrality rules. Roberts owned stock in AT&T-owned Time Warner, while Kavanaugh took part in the case when he was a judge on the DC Circuit appeals court, Bloomberg Supreme Court Reporter Greg Stohr noted.

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The Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in the case pending before it in May but has not yet issued a ruling. In the letter, Francisco told the justices that "prompt consideration" of the three cases is essential because nationwide injunctions require the administration to keep the program in place while the litigation challenging efforts to end it continues.

The justices rejected that request on February 26, but asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to quickly process the case so it could return to the high court in a reasonable timeframe.

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.

That leaves the conservatives with a solid five-to-four majority in the high court, elevating the chance the Trump administration could win support for its stance on DACA. His work has appeared here since mid-2011.

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