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U.S. drops challenge to California state net neutrality law

WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department onMonday withdrew its 2018 legal challenge to the state ofCalifornia's state net neutrality law after the Trumpadministration had asked a court to block it.

Under then-President Donald Trump, the Justice Departmentargued that federal law preempts the state statute to prohibitinternet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic,or offering paid fast lanes. The California law would reinstatethose prohibitions in the state. A separate challenge to theCalifornia net neutrality law from industry is pending.

(Reporting by David Shepardson)