When the FCC voted 3-2 to roll back net neutrality rules implemented during the previous administration, it also asserted that its regulations—known as the Open Internet Order—"preempt any state or local requirements that are inconsistent" with the rules reversal.
Essentially, the FCC anticipated that states might try to enact their own net neutrality rules.
Following a recent court ruling in Minnesota, however, FCC chairman Ajit Pai reiterated that states must bow to federal law on this issue.
While far from the final word, Pai used the opportunity to hammer home the FCC's stance.
"Federal law for decades has recognized that states may not regulate information services," Pai said (PDF).
The larger implication is that states may have a tough time convincing the court system that they are empowered to issue their own net neutrality regulations.
California is in the process of enacting what are considered the strongest set of net neutrality rules in the nation. »