Despite FCC repeal, Trump administration asks Supreme Court to vacate court decision that allowed net neutrality

Despite FCC repeal, Trump administration asks Supreme Court to vacate court decision that allowed net neutrality
On Friday, the Trump administration made a request to the Supreme Court, asking it to vacate a 2016 appeals court decision that upheld net neutrality rules. Net neutrality prevents ISPs and wireless carriers from differentiating certain content streams by blocking or throttling content that they don't like. It also prevents them from receiving money from a content provider in order to provide them with a "fast lane" to subscribers.

In June, the net neutrality rules, originally devised and passed by the Obama-era FCC, were removed from the books by the Trump FCC, which technically makes the request from the administration to vacate the appellate ruling a moot point. In its filing to the Supreme Court, the Trump administration asked the highest court in the land to decide "whether the now-superseded 2015 order was invalid because it exceeded the FCC’s statutory authority, was arbitrary and capricious, was promulgated without adequate public notice, or violated the First Amendment."

Meanwhile, various states are trying to legislate net neutrality on their own, and polls show that the majority of Americans are in favor of the rules. Many political analysts believe that net neutrality is such a big deal, that it will be a major campaign issue during the run-up to the mid-term elections.

source: Reuters

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9 Comments

1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I can't seem to recall. Prior to Net Neutrality legislation was there anything the companies actually did wrong? I don't seem to remember this capitalistic hell hole internet they say would happen without Net Neutrality.

2. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

They didn't. It was just a big bogeyman created by proponents of increasing the size of government. All was all theory that might, may, possibly would happen. But never actually did.

3. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

You two must work for the Verizon and AT&T. They have been actively trying to manipulate the market and charge customers and businesses more. They've already been caught trying to do it after saying they wouldn't. Americans by a large majority want these protections, if for some reason you don't them I'd like to know why. Are you bots, Russians, or being paid off?

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Comcast was caught throttling connections nearly a decade ago, I was one of their victims. Nothing like paying for internet with an upload speed so crippled xbox live didn't work.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17478; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes. They slowed down competing video services, while charging users for priority lanes, while also charging streaming services extra for backend priority. Comcast and Verizon were both talking about charging extra for Netflix streaming, while offering their own rental streaming that would not count against the data caps they'd arbitrarily imposed. Net neutrality was a full win for the consumer.

5. Krjal

Posts: 439; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

US politics baffles me. I thought the Courts ruled based on the Law, not the whims of the president?

6. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

This country is controlled by the highest bidder. While a fine sounding ideal, this is what capitalism eventually turns into. Not a socialist or anything, but the very term describes the nature of this system.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Maybe read the second to last paragraph again. Just because you might like a net neutrality law, doesn’t make it ‘lawful’.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17478; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There was nothing unlawful about net neutrality. It was good for the consumer.

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