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

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Cases challenging the administration's attempts to end protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children are now pending before the Second, Ninth, and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Trump administration and internet service providers had asked justices to wipe away a ruling that had temporarily preserved the Obama-era net neutrality regulations.

A federal circuit court of appeals in Washington, D.C., upheld those rules as legal - though under the Trump administration the FCC has canceled them.

The Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a closely watched case over the future of the internet - rejecting a petition by telecom industry groups to consider net neutrality, or the principle that internet providers should treat all online content equally.

Under Barack Obama's administration, the FCC passed neutrality rules in 2015, effectively allowing it to regulate broadband in a similar way to telephone services. The Supreme Court also declined to remove the precedential value of the D.C. Circuit's 2016 opinion.

The Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in the case pending before it in May but has not yet issued a ruling.

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The Supreme Court decided on Monday that it will not consider a series of challenges from telecom companies to Obama-era net neutrality rules created to bar internet service providers from manipulating loading speeds for specific websites or apps. In January, Alsup put the phase-out of the program on hold, saying it would be devastating to the 700,000 affected immigrants. The trial judge refused to rule on that challenge, concluding that the states had waited too long to challenge the original DACA program.

The FCC's reversal reflected the Trump administration's deregulatory philosophy.

This is not the first time the federal government has made this request. Although the DACA program has wide public support, the issue of its continuation got caught up in Congress in the midst of a deep political fight over broader immigration policy and thus DACA has not been rescued by Congress.

"The last administration started DACA without a mandate or even an authorization from Congress or the courts; this administration can therefore end DACA at any time", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Monday night. Those are the orders that the Administration has now asked the Justices to overturn.

Although the Supreme Court rarely grants requests to bypass the appeals court stage, the DACA case involves unusual circumstances. His work has appeared here since mid-2011.