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Net Neutrality After the Midterms
Kate Patrick writes for Inside Sources that “now that Democrats have won the House, tech experts both for and against net neutrality rules are unsure how the net neutrality debate will pan out, and they don’t expect any net neutrality bill to gain traction in Congress.”
A few days before the midterm elections, net neutrality supporters got a boost from the Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) refusal to hear US Telecom’s appeal regarding the Obama administration’s 2015 net neutrality rules. Several think tanks called the denial … a win for net neutrality. …
SCOTUS’ refusal to hear the case means the 2015 rules may still be valid, even though the FCC repealed them last year. Whether or not those 2015 rules still stand will be decided in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, in the Mozilla v. FCC case. And then there’s the United States v. California case, in which the Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing the state of California for overriding federal law and passing its own net neutrality rules.
Until those cases are decided, experts say, Democrats probably won’t try to legislate net neutrality. …
But it’s possible Democrats could pass a net neutrality bill through the House to force a debate on the topic and send a message to the voters focused on the issue–many of them young activists important to the party. Even if the bill eventually dies in the Senate or on Trump’s desk, the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Vice President for Policy Chris Calabrese said it could set the stage for future success.
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