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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Takes Victory Lap Over Congress’ Failure To Revive Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai took a victory lap today as he celebrated the Congress’ failure to revive Obama-era net neutrality rules. Congressional Democrats spearheaded an effort to overturn the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which wiped earlier bans on blocking or slowing internet traffic or paying for faster delivery. The Congressional Review Act resolution, which would have nullified the new FCC rules, passed the Senate with support from three Republicans. But it… Read


AT&T’s Randall Stephenson Calls On Congress To Enact Net Neutrality And Privacy Legislation

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson joked Monday that Washington may not agree “on the freezing temperature of water,” but he called on a divided Congress to come together pass net neutrality and privacy legislation. The executive called for legislative clarity around the issue of broadband Internet access, saying certain basic principles should be codified into law. “I get fatigued every time the President changes, the head of the FCC changes, and regulations swing from left to… Read


U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Hear Net Neutrality Challenge

The Supreme Court said it wouldn’t hear arguments in a challenge to the Obama era net neutrality rules that the FCC adopted in 2015 and which was upheld by lower federal courts. Industry trade groups had challenged the regulations barring broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for speedier service. These rules treated high-speed internet access as a utility, much like phone service. Three members of the Supreme Court — Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A… Read


California Postpones Net Neutrality Law Pending Outcome Of Federal Court Challenge

California will postpone enforcement of its tough new net neutrality law until a federal court rules on the Justice Department’s lawsuit seeking to prevent the legislation from taking effect. Attorney Gen. Xavier Becerra said he would temporarily delay implementation of the new law, which seeks to restore Obama-era open internet rules, until the legal dispute is resolved. The federal government sued California in the U.S. Court of Appeals, arguing the state lacks… Read


Broadband Industry Piles On California, Sues To Stop Net Neutrality Law

Trade organizations representing the nation’s biggest Internet providers today sued California to halt the state’s new net neutrality law. The American Cable Association, the wireless industry’s trade group (CTIA), the Internet and television association (NCTA) and the broadband association (USTelecom) jointly filed suit in federal district court in California, calling the new law “a classic example of unconstitutional state regulation.” The Internet providers argue that… Read


California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Nation’s Strongest Net-Neutrality Law; Trump Administration Files Suit

Jerry Brown

UPDATED to include details of the Justice Department’s suit: California Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a measure that restores Obama-era open-Internet rules in the state, in a direct rebuke to  the Trump Administration’s rollback of these regulations. The Justice Department responded with a lawsuit seeking to prevent the law from taking effect. The California legislature approved a bill that is regarded as having the strongest net-neutrality provisions in the nation. The… Read


As Net Neutrality Fight Nears, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Trumpets Ruling In Charter Appeals Court Case

The Federal Communications Commission is trumpeting a federal appeals court ruling in Minnesota as offering a preview of the coming battle with states over net neutrality — and whether federal regulations pre-empt state laws. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals weighed in on a relatively obscure battle between Minnesota state regulators and Charter Communications over attempts to regulate its voice over internet protocol phone service. Charter intentionally separated its… Read


California Legislature Passes Net Neutrality Law, The Nation’s Toughest

California’s legislators passed the nation’s strongest net neutrality law today, restoring Obama-era open Internet protections and setting the state on a potential collision course with federal regulators. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill into law in the coming weeks, California will join a growing number of states that have adopted net neutrality rules that conflict with the actions of the FCC. That could result in clash that rises all the way to U.S. Supreme… Read


WGA West Urges Appeal Of FCC Net Neutrality Ruling As California Assembly Poised To Vote On State Bill

As the California Assembly prepares to vote on the state’s net neutrality bill, the WGA West is advocating for a federal appeal of the FCC’s December ruling on the touchy subject. "Last year, the Federal Communications Commission's Chairman [Ajit] Pai repealed open Internet protections, leaving powerful Internet providers free to decide what content reaches viewers and how, harming content creators and consumers alike,” the WGAW statement reads. “The decision to abandon… Read


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Accepts NRA Award, Raising Questions From Critics

Ajit Pai

Since accepting the NRA’s “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” at CPAC yesterday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has retweeted messages about Olympics curling from Mr. T and a cleverly-worded obituary of a Blues Brothers fan. But still nothing addressing questions raised about the appropriateness of actually accepting the rifle-shaped award. “Just when you thought @NRA could not be more out of touch with the overwhelming majority of Americans,” tweeted California congressman… Read


The FCC Order Gutting Net Neutrality Is Now Official — Cue Protests

UPDATED at 12 pm to include details of a lawsuit filed by coalition of attorneys general. The FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order scrapping the agency’s net neutrality rules become official today — triggering calls for protest and legislative action. The order, which was published this morning in the Federal Register, starts the clock on legal and legislative efforts to overturn it. Advocacy groups Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and Free Press Action are… Read