On the evening of November 5, Beijing time, Sina Technologies News reported that the appeal against the abolition of the principle of "network neutrality" in the Obama era finally came to fruition today: the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Trump government's appeal.
In June 2016, the Federal Court of Appeal of the District of Columbia issued a judgment upholding the original judgment of the Circuit Court of Washington, D.C., and supporting the "network neutrality" rule of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the Obama era.
In 2017, the new Trump Administration and Internet service providers appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in the hope of overturning the previous ruling. More than a year later, the Supreme Court of the United States decided today to dismiss the appeal.
In fact, the appeal lost most of its practical significance in June this year. At that time, a new FCC command in the Trump era came into force and abolished the principle of network neutrality. But in August, the Trump administration took additional measures to urge the Supreme Court to further abolish network neutrality protection.
Therefore, for the Supreme Court, the main remaining issue in the appeal case is whether to repeal the 2016 ruling of the Court of Appeal, that is, to support the inclusion of issues related to the principle of network neutrality within the jurisdiction of the FCC.
Internet service providers such as Comcas, AT&, T and Verizon Communications welcomed the abolition of the principle of network neutrality, but they were opposed by technology companies such as Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet, who believed that abolishing the principle of network neutrality would cost more. (Li Ming)
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