California Agrees to Delay Implementation of Net Neutrality Law Pending Court Case

California and the federal government have reached an agreement whereby the state will halt plans to implement its new net neutrality law on January 1, and the Department of Justice will withdraw its motions seeking to block implementation until the conclusion of ongoing litigation regarding state net neutrality rules. 

Following the FCC’s rollback of Obama-era net neutrality protections, several states have sought to enact their own net neutrality laws. The FCC has declared that federal law preempts these statutes, and 22 state attorneys general have sued the FCC over its repeal of net neutrality and its preemption position. This case is expected to be decided by the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, after which time the California case can resume.

Additional Reading

Net Neutrality delay: Calif. agrees to suspend law until after court case, Ars Technica, October 26, 2018

Order, filed October 26, 2018 in United States of America v. State of California, et al.

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