Nov 5, 2018

Supreme Court won't hear challenges to repealed net neutrality rules

Tom Wheeler looks at Ajit Pai while they both testify

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his successor, Ajit Pai. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Supreme Court said Monday it wouldn't hear challenges to the 2015 net neutrality rules that banned internet service providers from blocking or slowing the delivery of content, or offering fast lanes for a fee.

The big picture: The Federal Communications Commission repealed the rules last year, a move that has already been challenged.


  • In a statement, US Telecom, one of the groups challenging the 2015 rules, said the decision not to hear the case was "not surprising" and that it would work to protect the repeal "from challenges in Washington, D.C. and state capitals."
  • Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh did not take part in considering the cases.
  • The three remaining conservative justices said they would have moved to roll back a lower court ruling upholding the 2015 rules, the court said.
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