Net neutrality repeal

Supreme Court won't hear challenges to repealed net neutrality rules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The big picture: The Federal Communications Commission repealed the rules last year, a move that has already been challenged.

California delays enforcing its new net neutrality law

Protesters with signs against repealing net neutrality
Supporters of net neutrality protest outside a Federal Building in Los Angeles, California on November 28, 2017. Photo: Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images

California has agreed not to enforce its new net neutrality law until the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reaches a decision on the legal challenge of the FCC's decision to overturn federal net neutrality rules.

Why it matters: It's a setback for net neutrality advocates, but FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement that California's agreement to delay demonstrates "that there is no urgent problem that these regulations are needed to address." Telecom companies reiterated their call for Congress to adopt national legislation.

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