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Court Upholds Feds' Repeal of Net Neutrality; Allows State Protections

Court Upholds Feds' Repeal of Net Neutrality; Allows State Protections”

Broadband For America, who we've discussed previously, pretends to be a coalition of "consumer groups" and other interests "dedicated to protecting a free and open internet for all Americans". Lyons said he envisions a large portion of the state endeavors will fall flat. At least eight other states, - Hawaii, Montana, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Rhode Island, Montana, and Vermont - have passed their own net neutrality legislation or issued executive orders banning state agencies from doing business with internet providers that don't uphold net neutrality. Cory has claimed credit for "20 or 30" major public advocacy campaigns in recent years, including, he says, record-setting submissions to the IRS, Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and "probably a handful of others".

Wiener said that without net neutrality, telecommunication companies could enter into agreements with companies to promote or improve access to their sites or boost content that they own through subsidiaries.

However, some House lawmakers are hoping to take state's net neutrality regulations even further. States can now adopt and enforce rules on net neutrality. In vacating the FCC's preemption order, the court explained that the FCC "has not shown legal authority to issue its Preemption Directive, which would have barred states from imposing any rule or requirement that the Commission "repealed or chose to refrain from imposing" in the Order or that is "more stringent" than the Order".

"Despite the Commission's failure to adequately consider the 2018 Order's impact on public safety, pole-attachment regulation, and the Lifeline Program and despite our vacatur of the Preemption Directive, we decline to vacate the 2018 Order in its entirety".

"A BuzzFeed News investigation - based on an analysis of millions of comments, along with court records, business filings, and interviews with dozens of people - offers a window into how a crucial democratic process was skewed by one of the most prolific uses of political impersonation in United States history".

The court's ruling also affirmed that the FCC should ensure that net neutrality repeals aren't restricting access to Internet services for emergency responders and low-income users. "With all the back and forth over net neutrality over the last decade, ISPs haven't had enough certainty to make investment decisions", Hurwitz said. "I think that's both a terrible precedent and a bad decision".

There's still a question about when or if California's law will go into effect.

With Tuesday's ruling, the state law "appears to be on pretty solid ground", but the California attorney general's office will evaluate moving forward, a spokeswoman for the office said.

Our fight for an open Internet is just beginning.



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