The US Supreme Court has, in a 4-3 vote, declined to hear challenges to the FCC's 2015 network neutrality order that was adopted during the Obama administration under then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
The Trump administration and the telecom industry had wanted to erase the 2016 ruling even though the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission in December voted to repeal the net neutrality rules.
In court papers, Solicitor General Noel Francisco asked the justices to take up the case this term and argued that district judges who had issued opinions against the administration were "wrong" to do so. The high court doesn't typically take cases before federal appeals courts rule on them. The justices did not add any new cases to their docket for the term - they did that on Friday afternoon - nor did they call for the views of the US solicitor general in any cases.
The Supreme Court's brief order noted that Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas granted the industry's request to set aside the decision. Neither gave a reason, but Kavanaugh played a role in the case on the appeals court, saying he would have overturned the net neutrality rule.
The administration's attempt to end the program past year was rejected by multiple federal courts and the Department of Homeland Security was ordered to continue accepting renewal applications while the case is adjudicated. Providers complained that the rules were overly burdensome and a violation of the FCC's congressionally granted powers; consumer advocates said the rules were necessary as a vital consumer protection. But today the Supreme Court refused to do so. Instead, lower courts are examining how the government chose to wind it down.
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The rejection came after two conservative justices - Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh - "took no part in the consideration or decision of these petitions", the court announced on Monday.
The new rules, which gave internet service providers greater power to regulate the content that customers access, are now the subject of a separate legal fight after being challenged by numerous groups that backed net neutrality.
The Justice Department has also filed suit to block California's state net neutrality law from taking effect in January.
It also aimed to remove the lower court's verdict from the books so that it couldn't be used as a precedent, something that could prove significant given the ongoing legal actions that challenge the FCC's 2017 repeal of net neutrality.