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

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Three members of the Supreme Court - Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch - indicated that issue the was essentially moot, given more recent actions by the FCC.

Trump announced plans to phase out the program in September 2017, but District Judge John Bates in Washington, D.C., ruled in August that the program must be fully restored. Sensing that those efforts might succeed, Texas and seven other states filed a separate lawsuit in hopes of having the program declared illegal. On Monday, Francisco told the Court that expeditious review has not happened.

There was no initial timetable from the justices on when they would decide whether to grant the Trump administration's latest petition.

Opponents, though, say the internet thrived without a net neutrality policy for two decades.

The legal moves reflected a desire by conservatives and industry players to cement the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules, which were created to restrict Internet service providers' ability to manipulate loading speeds for specific websites or apps.

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to vacate several court rulings that supported the Obama-era Federal Communications Commissions' net neutrality regulations, Reuters reports.

Industry trade group USTelecom, one of the groups that challenged the 2015 net neutrality rules, said the high court's action was "not surprising".

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a net neutrality appeal that could have reduced US regulators' ability to pass future neutrality regulations and may have had an impact on ongoing challenges that aim to reinstate net neutrality rules.

Sessions went on to explain how the Trump administration has the power to end DACA, because it was put in place by the Obama administration without approval from Congress or the courts.

On the merits of the dispute, the Trump administration contends that its decision to terminate DACA can not be reviewed in court, since the program exists entirely at the executive branch's discretion.

The Department of Justice made the request Monday after the lower courts failed to meet a deadline for a decision on DACA. Those are the orders that the Administration has now asked the Justices to overturn. The cancellation is now being challenged in court.

"The Department of Justice should not have been forced to make this filing today - the Ninth Circuit should have acted expeditiously, just as the Supreme Court expected them to do - but we will not hesitate to defend the Constitutional system of checks and balances vigorously and resolutely", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement after the appeals were filed. His work has appeared here since mid-2011.



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