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Hearing on US net neutrality repeal to go ahead despite government shutdown

A US federal appeals court has ruled not to delay oral arguments set for 1 February on the Trump administration’s decision to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules governing internet providers, reports Reuters. “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had asked the court to delay the arguments over its December 2017 repeal, citing the partial government shutdown. Without comment, the court denied the request.” A group of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia have asked the court to reinstate the Obama-era internet rules and block the FCC’s effort to pre-empt states from imposing their own rules guaranteeing an open internet. “Several internet companies are also part of the legal challenge, including Mozilla, Vimeo and Etsy , as well as numerous media and technology advocacy groups and major cities, including New York and San Francisco… The net neutrality repeal was a win for providers like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, but was opposed by internet companies like Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet. Major providers have not made any changes in how Americans access the internet since the repeal.” In October, California agreed not to enforce its own state net neutrality law until the appeals court’s decision on the 2017 repeal and any potential review by the US Supreme Court. Read more

  • Wednesday, 23 January 2019

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