Stung by 3 court losses, ISPs stop fighting California net neutrality law

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The broadband industry has abandoned its lawsuit against California’s net neutrality law after a series of court rulings went against Internet service providers.

The four broadband lobby groups that sued California “hereby stipulate to the dismissal of this action without prejudice,” they wrote in a filing Wednesday in US District Court for the Eastern District of California. The ISP groups are ACA Connects (formerly the American Cable Association), CTIA-The Wireless Association, NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, and USTelecom.

“After losing three times in federal court, the ISPs have finally realized that they can’t overturn California’s net neutrality law and that they should just stop trying,” Stanford Law Professor Barbara van Schewick wrote, calling the development “a historic win for Californians and the open Internet.”

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