U.S. Court Rejects Effort to Postpone Net Neutrality Rules

Posted by Soledad Vega on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:18

This big court win means the net neutrality rules that millions of us fought so hard for go into effect tomorrow!

Article by Amy Schatz for Re Code

A federal appeals court shot down an emergency effort by broadband providers to stop new net neutrality rules from going into effect Friday, saying the companies hadn’t met the “stringent” bar for such a stay.

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was mostly expected. The new net neutrality rules are designed to prevent anticompetitive behavior by broadband providers, not to address an urgent, current problem.

The ruling also doesn’t forecast how the court might rule on the central question of whether the new rules are legal. The court did grant a request to consider the case on an expedited basis, which means that this debate can be settled a bit quicker.

Broadband providers wanted to delay the rules from going into effect until after the court rules on the larger decision – probably next year – about whether the rules are legal.

The move was a something of a setback for broadband providers which had hoped to stop the new rules from going into effect tomorrow. Public interest groups and Internet companies which supported the rules had urged the court to allow the rules to go into effect on time.

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