Supreme Court rejects net neutrality case2018-11-05 17:44 by Daniela
Tags: Net Neutrality, FCC
In a setback for industry groups, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would not take up challenges to Obama-era "net neutrality" regulations that barred internet service providers from giving certain customers preferential treatment.
Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally and that broadband providers should not act as gatekeepers of content or services on the internet. The rules adopted by the FCC in 2015 banned ISPs from blocking or slowing down access to content online and prevented them from giving preferential treatment to their own services. The rules also reclassified broadband as a public utility, subjecting ISPs to stricter regulations.
The appeals, filed more than a year ago, lost most of their practical significance in June, when a new Federal Communications Commission order took effect and abolished the net neutrality rule.
The new rules, which gave internet service providers greater power to regulate the content that customers access, are now the subject of a separate legal fight after being challenged by many of the groups that backed net neutrality.
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