On Friday, local time, the fight to restore net neutrality protections continued, and Mozilla and other companies asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to reopen their cases in a bid to challenge the FCC’s decision to repeal the rules in 2017,media reported. Mozilla and Public Knowledge, one of the public interest groups involved in the lawsuit, said they were seeking a retrial to ensure consumers and the open Internet were secure.
Amy Keating, Mozilla’s chief legal officer, said the battle to protect net neutrality was far from over. “This decision raises very important issues for consumer protection and an open Internet, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to preserve net neutrality as a fundamental digital right.” “
If the Supreme Court accepts an appeal by companies such as Mozilla, it will be difficult to reopen it before a full panel of judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
This latest legal development is likely to keep the issue going for the 2020 presidential election. Almost all Democrats running for president in 2020 have expressed support for net neutrality, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana. All of these candidates have made promises to appoint FCC commissioners to restore old rules.