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US Supreme Court protects Big Tech

by on04 July 2022

Federal government moves to protect consumers unconsitutional

The US Supremes might be making a move to protect Big Tech from efforts made by the federal government to restrain their power.

Last week the right-wing suprmemes ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have the authority to reduce power plant emissions that are believed to cause global warming.

As a result of the decision, rules made by other government agencies that impede major industries and corporations to help protect consumers are now likely to be challenged.

Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and others have had executives visit Capitol Hill several times over the last few years and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been involved in an effort to protect consumers' personal data from being used by big tech firms without permission to sell ads and for other revenue-generating purposes.

A recent Supreme Court ruling could stop the government from protecting consumers from big tech firms

It could also stop any attempt at regulating budding monopolies. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel now might have problems bringing back net neutrality - Supreme Court ruling could block government oversight of big tech, net neutrality and AI.

Facing an impact from the Supreme Court's EPA ruling is the current administration's desire to tighten net neutrality protections. These are rules designed to prevent ISPs and wireless carriers from throttling service speeds and blocking access to websites unless consumers pay a premium price. First put in place by the Obama administration in 2015 as a way to treat all online content the same, net neutrality was killed off by the Trump FCC in June 2018.

Of course, this could backfire and not help Big Tech much at all. Europe will effectively close down safe harbor rules for Big Tech killing off its cloud business.


Last modified on 04 July 2022
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