Court rejects FCC request to delay net neutrality case2019-01-18 14:25 by Daniela
A federal appeals court denied the Federal Communications Commission's request to postpone oral arguments in a court battle over the agency's decision to repeal its net neutrality rules.
Earlier this week, the FCC sought to postpone oral arguments in the case, which are set to begin next month. In its motion, the agency claimed that the resources needed to advance its case were hamstrung by the ongoing government shutdown, with no end in sight. With its funding held captive amid a blistering political fight, the lawyers actively defending the commission against civil suits have been immobilized on paper, prohibited from any work irrelevant to "the safety of human life or the protection of property."
FCC repealed the rules requiring internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally in December of 2017. 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 Corp, Vimeo Inc and Etsy Inc, as well as numerous media and technology advocacy groups and major cities, including New York and San Francisco.
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