FCC Orders Net Neutrality To End In April

FCC Eliminates Hard-Copy Rules Requirement

The concept of net neutrality will continue to exist after the Restoring Internet Freedom Order goes into effect in April, but the FCC's ability to enforce it will be gone, as the new rule undoes the ISP classification and strips the FCC of its regulatory power over the companies. The various challengers jointly withdrew their petitions February 16 in anticipation of Federal Register publication, in order to refile once the challenges are actually eligible for court consideration. Back in December, the FCC voted to move forward with its plan to eliminate these net neutrality protections. The agency took the requisite formal step of publishing the rules on Thursday, and lawsuits are on tap from a number of state attorneys general and advocacy groups. The protesters opposing the FCC's decision were in Washington, D.C.

Along with the attorneys general, Mozilla and video streaming platform Vimeo on Thursday also refiled their suits meant to preserve the rules. "Federal Register publication of the FCC's net neutrality repeal does not mark the end of the fight for an open internet but just the beginning". Other members of the group include California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The attorneys general who are suing argue that the FCC can not make "arbitrary and capricious" changes to existing policies. So while we still have the protections of the 2015 Open Internet Order and we finally have a published version of the "Restoring Internet Freedom Order", it's time to act.

Net neutrality's backers point to the telecom industry's support as a sign that the repeal will be bad for consumers.

"FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is confident the order will be upheld, his office said in a statement". But internet service providers argue that net neutrality is bad for business and that it discourages investment. The governing body enforced the three brightline rules of net neutrality, which prohibited internet service providers from blocking content, slowing or throttling connections and offering favorable service to those who pay more. Consumers could see the price of their monthly Netflix bill rise even more to cover this additional cost.

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US Senate Democrats, who hold 49 seats in the 100-person chamber, have the backing of 50 senators for repeal, leaving them one vote short of a majority.

Votes fell along party lines in December, with the FCC board's Republicans favoring the repeal and the two Democrats on the board voting against it.

Internet service providers and wireless carriers are still bound by net neutrality rules, but only for two more months.

The main effect of all of this is that likely, net neutrality will remain in place for now.

Though Oregon's proposal for its own net neutrality laws is a reassurance to those living in the state, it still leaves room for possible issues to arise, as there would still be no federal law for net neutrality.

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