Supreme Court ends fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules


The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a group of long-pending appeals from the broadband industry over the Obama-era "net neutrality" rule, which barred internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to some web traffic.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, shielding them from deportation and letting them seek work permits.

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to review a challenge made by the telecom industry against the original rules for net neutrality that were decided on during the Obama-era.

The Justice Department's move was unusually aggressive in terms of procedure, asking the justices to take action even before intermediate federal appeals courts have ruled on the three lower court rulings.

Should the Supreme Court refuse his request, Francisco pointed out, the administration would be required to continue accepting DACA applications while waiting on California's ninth circuit to rule on the legality of ending the program.

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Amy Howe of SCOTUSBlog explained that Kavanaugh was "expected to recuse himself from voting on the petitions because he had participated in the cases while on the D.C. Circuit, and he did". Although Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas are said to have favored the appeal, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh are said to have recused themselves from making a determination.

The rules were confirmed in 2016 by the DC Circuit court, which also confirmed the FCC's authority to put such regulations into place.

The Federal Communications Commission voted past year to revoke those rules. Jonathan Spalter, CEO of USTelecom, and other supporters of the Restoring Internet Freedom order, which negated net neutrality, believe broadband is an information service. 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. Providers complained that the rules were overly burdensome and a violation of the FCC's congressionally granted powers; consumer advocates said the rules were necessary as a vital consumer protection. "But today the Supreme Court refused to do so", Rosenworcel tweeted.

The net neutrality repeal was a win for providers like Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc.