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The Supreme Court Didn’t Take the Net Neutrality Case, and That’s Good

On Monday, the Supreme Court announced its decision not to hear an appeal to the D.C. Circuit’s decision in US Telecom Association v. FCC, which upheld the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order and its net neutrality protections. That is a good thing for net neutrality advocates for two reasons. First, the Court’s denial eliminated one opportunity for opponents to chip away at the validity of the (former) rules or the Commission’s authority to create and enforce them. Second, the Court’s decision not to vacate the US Telecom decision means that opinion remains the most on-point legal precedent in the other net neutrality case, Mozilla v. FCC.

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Getting Better All the Time: Security Research and the DMCA

CDT applauds the U.S. Copyright office and Acting Register’s efforts to improve both the process and exemptions from section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) after their ask, along with others, to remove many of the limitations and conditions so that researchers might work on even more kinds of products and systems and enjoy even greater legal certainty in the future.

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California Enters the Net Neutrality Fray to Fill a Gap in Consumer Protection

On Sunday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 822 into law, enacting a strong set of protections for the state’s broadband subscribers and scoring a victory in the overall fight to protect net neutrality. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration is once again attempting to block net neutrality protections, and the U.S. Department of Justice immediately filed suit to strike down the law.

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