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'California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law' by Cecilia Kang
Cecilia Kang writes the following for The New York Times:
A federal judge … cleared the way for California to enforce its net neutrality law, denying a request by telecommunications providers to delay state rules meant to ensure equal access to internet content.
Judge John Mendez of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a motion for [a] preliminary injunction brought by the group of internet service providers that had sued to stop the 2018 state law from going into effect. …
California’s law was created after the Trump-era Federal Communications Commission in 2017 rolled back its federal net neutrality regulation. The Justice Department immediately sued the state to overturn its law. Broadband providers, through their trade groups, followed with a request for a preliminary injunction to stop the California law while the lawsuit wound its way through the courts.
The trade groups suing the state said in a joint statement that they were reviewing the court decision and deliberating next steps. …
The court’s ruling clears the way for California to enact its law, a move that is expected to be replicated by other states in the absence of a federal rule. Washington, Vermont and Oregon are among a handful of states that also enacted laws after the federal rollback of the rules. …
The Biden administration is expected to support the reinstatement of federal net neutrality rules. One month into the new administration, the Justice Department dropped its lawsuit against California’s law, leaving just the telecommunications industry’s request for a preliminary injunction as the last hurdle for the law to go into effect.
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