February 7, 2020
The net neutrality repeal ruling won't be reconsidered.
A U.S. appeals court rejected a request to revisit the October ruling, which upheld the net neutrality repeal.
- To recap: In 2017, the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality laws, allowing internet service providers to charge for "fast lanes" of data transfer and throttle online traffic. Many organizations appealed the decision, but it was upheld by an appeals court in October 2019.
- A group of 15 states and trade groups — which count Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet as members — asked for a rehearing. But on Thursday, the court declined.
- An FCC spokesperson told Reuters that campaigners' fears hadn't really materialized since the 2017 repeal: "The internet has remained free and open, consumers have been protected, speeds have increased."