Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of DC Circuit Decision Upholding Net Neutrality Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected AT&T's appeal to overturn the 2015 net neutrality rules.                  CNET  Marguerite Reardon

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected AT&T's appeal to overturn the 2015 net neutrality rules. CNET Marguerite Reardon

The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to fast-track cases on the president's decision to end a program that shields young immigrants from deportation.

A three-judge panel at the San Francisco-based federal appellate court heard arguments in May on whether the administration could end DACA, and the federal government had warned it would ask for high-court intervention if the appeals court did not decide by last Wednesday. The Supreme Court essentially found that the rollback rendered any appeals moot. In conjunction with the Trump administration, USTelecom requested that the ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit be overturned on the basis that the Federal Communications Commission has no congressional authority to impose common-carrier obligations on broadband internet access service, The Hill said.

Cases challenging the administration's attempts to end protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children are now pending before the Second, Ninth, and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

By a 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court denied petitions brought by AT&T and broadband lobby groups NCTA, CTIA, USTelecom, and the American Cable Association.

The White House fiercely condemned those court decisions, which were premised on the idea that the Executive Branch can not arbitrarily phase out a right that individuals have come to rely on, simply by arguing that the right was established illegally without Congressional approval.

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"As this Court's previous order recognized, prompt consideration of these cases is essential", the letter reads.

"The district court's order requires the government to indefinitely tolerate - and, indeed, affirmative sanction - an ongoing violation of federal law being committed by almost 700,000 aliens pursuant to the DACA policy", the agency said. If the Court doesn't step in at this time, Francisco stated, it could be at least a year before the cases get to it.

The Department of Justice made the request Monday after the lower courts failed to meet a deadline for a decision on DACA. Even if its termination decision is reviewable, they continue, it is still reasonable and lawful.

That is the lead case that the Administration appealed to the Justices on Monday.

The "DACA" program - formally, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - was created by the Obama Administration, and has spared almost 700,000 immigrant youths from being sent back to countries from which they came as children with their parents.

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