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US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals from the Obama era network neutrality rules

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2018/11/6 4:01:28     readed:301

At the end of last year, the Federal Communications Commission led by the Republican Party overturned the rules of 2015 and officially cancelled them in June. However, the appeal attempted to overturn the ruling of the Washington, DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Companies that support net neutrality and companies such as Mozilla that support the 2015 rules are suing the FCC for abolishing the rules last December. But now the debate about whether the Federal Communications Commission has the right to pass these rules first has died. By refusing to hear the appeal, the Supreme Court has made a decision to uphold the 2016 ruling of the Washington DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

Some legal experts say that even if the Supreme Court rejected the Washington DC Circuit Court of Appeal's 2016 ruling, it has no serious impact on future cases. But network neutral supporters disagree. They say that abandoning legal precedents may affect the next legal dispute that the US Federal Communications Commission abolishes net neutrality.

Network neutrality means that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally, and broadband providers should not act as gatekeepers of content or services on the Internet. The rules adopted by the US Federal Communications Commission in 2015 prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or slowing down the speed of online access to content and preventing them from giving preferential treatment to their services. The rule also redistributes broadband into utilities, which exposes ISPs to more stringent regulations. But opponents say that the reclassification of broadband will stifle investment and innovation.


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