Supreme Court ends legal fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules

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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 Supreme Court's rejection of this appeal ensures the D.C. Circuit's decision remains in the record as binding precedent for the FCC's authority to adopt strong net neutrality rules.

Because none of those appeals courts has yet ruled, the Administration decided last month that it could not wait for that to happen because, it concluded, time was running out for the Supreme Court to review and decide during the current term the legality of the shutdown plan. Three conservative justices - Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch - said they would have set aside the appeals court decision and ordered the underlying case dismissed.

Net neutrality has become a rallying cry for internet activists and those on the political left, who say that if companies are able to "throttle" traffic to and from some sites, then it would ruin the free-flowing nature of the online community.

The court on Monday rejected appeals from the telecommunications industry seeking to throw out a lower court ruling in favor of the "net neutrality" rules.

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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.

"The administration's repeated and unjustified efforts to subject Dreamers to deportation are nothing but cruel, and there is no justification for circumventing appellate court review", Tom Jawetz, vice president of immigration policy at the Center for America Progress Action Fund, said in a statement following the filing.

The federal government has asked the Supreme Court to take up two related questions.

The legal moves reflected a desire by conservatives and industry players to cement the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules, which were created to restrict Internet service providers' ability to manipulate loading speeds for specific websites or apps.

On the merits of the dispute, the Trump administration contends that its decision to terminate DACA can not be reviewed in court, since the program exists entirely at the executive branch's discretion. Those are the orders that the Administration has now asked the Justices to overturn. The court said it believed the lower court "will proceed expeditiously to decide this case". His work has appeared here since mid-2011.

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