Internet Service Providers Drop California Net Neutrality Lawsuit, But Nationwide Rules Still Needed

Broadband providers suing California over its popular net neutrality law have officially dropped their suit.

Last night, broadband providers suing California over its popular net neutrality law officially dropped their suit. Their action follows a refusal by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the court’s decision in ACA Connects v. Bonta, rejecting yet another attempt by broadband providers to overturn California’s net neutrality law. Earlier this year, the court issued its opinion and determined the California consumer protection law could go into effect. Public Knowledge and other consumer groups filed an amicus brief in this case last year.

The following can be attributed to John Bergmayer, Legal Director at Public Knowledge:

“After a string of defeats, including failing to convince a single judge on the 9th Circuit to vote to rehear their case, the group of internet service providers suing to overturn California’s net neutrality law has realized its efforts are futile. This is great news, but the effort to enact net neutrality rules nationwide must continue. The Senate must act to ensure we have a full Federal Communications Commission that can restore these important consumer protections for all Americans.”

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