US appeals court says it won't reconsider reversing the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules (Bryan Pietsch)
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  • A US appeals court said on Thursday that it won't reconsider a petition by net neutrality advocates asking the court to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules.

  • Companies like Mozilla and states including New York, Illinois, and Virginia had asked for the court to reconsider a previous ruling not to consider a reversal of the repeal.

  • The repeal of net neutrality rules, which essentially stopped internet companies from blocking signals or slowing speeds to certain cites, took effect in 2018.

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The Federal Communications Commission fended off another challenge to its net neutrality repeal on Thursday when the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said it wouldn't reconsider a petition by net neutrality advocates to reverse the repeal. 

Mozilla, which makes the popular browser Firefox, along with states like New York and Illinois, had asked for a reversal on the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules. 

Net neutrality included rules that stop internet companies from slowing down or blocking service to certain websites. The FCC's repeal of those rules went into effect in 2018

Advocates of net neutrality say that it protects consumers from having to pay extra to access different websites, while the Republican-led FCC said that it stops internet companies from operating freely. 

The petition to reverse that repeal was denied in October, and Thursday's decision denied a request to reconsider that earlier decision. 

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