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Tech newsletter: Never-ending net neutrality legal battle

Here's the latest news about internet rights and big tech that you need to know.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Feb 22, 2022   Updated on Feb 22, 2022, 12:20 pm CST

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of Internet Insider, where we dive into the latest internet rights and big tech news unfolding online. Today we take a look at the latest in California’s legal battle over its net neutrality law. 

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ISPs won’t stop trying to derail California’s ‘gold standard’ net neutrality law

Despite a string of recent defeats, internet service providers (ISPs) are dead set on trying to derail California’s “gold standard” net neutrality law

You’ll remember the Daily Dot writing about California prevailing in the most recent court decision the law has been subjected to, when a panel of judges from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld California’s law. That decision came after ISP trade groups appealed a lower court’s decision to not grant a preliminary injunction that would have halted the law. 

That decision rejecting the legal challenge from the ISP groups was hailed as a “major victory for internet users.” 

But now, those same ISP groups are asking the court to reconsider the panel of judge’s decision from last month and to have a hearing before all the judges from the 9th Circuit. 

This latest maneuver is just the latest in a (very) long string of legal battles California’s law has been through.

The law was passed shortly after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed federal net neutrality rules in 2017 and was immediately hailed as the “gold standard” for other states to follow because it was broader than the FCC’s original order. 

Since passing, the law has been through a legal gauntlet.

First, the Justice Department—then part of the Trump administration—joined the ISP groups in suing California over the law. Then, both sides agreed to wait for the Mozilla v. FCC court case, which challenged the FCC’s net neutrality repeal, to be decided by the United States Court of Appeals District for Columbia Circuit. 

After that was decided in October 2019, the California lawsuit was reignited. Then, shortly after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, the Justice Department withdrew itself from the lawsuit. 

Earlier this year, a district court judge in California denied the trade group’s request for a preliminary injunction against the law. That denial was appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and both sides delivered oral arguments before a panel of judges in September. 

In January, the panel of judges announced that they had decided that the district court judge “correctly denied the preliminary injunction.” Now the ISPs are asking for another hearing.  

Even despite that string of defeats, the ISP groups are relentlessly trying to derail California’s law. 

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*First Published: Feb 22, 2022, 12:00 pm CST