Telecoms Groups End Legal Battle Against California Net Neutrality Law

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · May 05, 2022

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Net neutrality will continue unchallenged in California.

ISPs Accept Defeat

US telecom industry members have now ended a drawn-out legal battle to stop California’s net neutrality law. The legal challenge has been raging since 2018. It is a bid to uphold the right of internet providers to slow down or restrict access to apps and websites that don’t pay for additional services.

Network neutrality, or net neutrality, is a principle that ISPs must treat all internet communications equally. It mandates them not to charge different rates based on website, application, platform, and more.

In January this year, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge from groups like the NCTA, the CTIA, and ISPs, including Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, to block the law. Last month, it refused a request for a rehearing of its earlier decision to uphold the law.

Now, the groups have agreed to back down.

“The case is finally over,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said on Wednesday. “Following multiple defeats in court, internet service providers have abandoned this effort to block enforcement of California’s net neutrality law.”

“With this victory, we’ve secured a free and open internet for California’s 40 million residents once and for all,” he rejoiced.

California’s net neutrality law initiated a chain reaction that led to seven other states and Puerto Rico enacting their own net neutrality rules.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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