FCC Starts Clock On Net Neutrality Repeal, Faces Lawsuits

FCC Starts Clock On Net Neutrality Repeal, Faces Lawsuits

Following the Trump administration's decision to repeal net neutrality rules, the FCC has today announced that the free-for-all begins on April 23.

The gloriously named Restoring Internet Freedom Order, an unashamedly aggressive displace of propaganda, has been in the works over the last couple of weeks as various drafts have been released, but now it is official.

Blumenthal said if they get the extra vote the Senate needs, it would go onto the House. In the House, Doyle has 143 Democratic co-sponsors for a measure.

Meanwhile, state attorneys general have already signaled their intention to file lawsuits challenging the net neutrality repeal in court, as have pro-net neutrality advocacy groups. However, they do not have enough votes to overturn the veto that President Trump would no doubt sign if this were to happen.

Net neutrality will be dissolved effective April 23 as noted in the revocation order published to the Federal Register by the Federal Communications Commission today.

Large internet providers like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast hailed the decision as a win, but smaller providers and content-producing companies like Netflix criticized the ruling when it passed in December.

The FCC's opponents argue that eliminating net neutrality principles will lead to internet service providers discriminating against some content and poorer service for subscribers. In theory, service providers could choose which companies succeed and fail.

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The federal government's push to rollback internet regulations known at net neutrality is getting close to becoming a reality.

The lawsuit isn't the only action states are taking to preserve net neutrality.

But governors in Vermont, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey and NY have signed orders pledging to do business only with internet providers that abide by net neutrality rules.

Whether you're trying to buy a necklace on Etsy, stream a series on Netflix, or upload a photo to Facebook, your internet service provider has to load all of those websites equally quickly.

It's a somewhat ironic development. Despite the probable success of federal preemption against laws that simply replicate Net Neutrality at the state level, there are other legal approaches that might avoid it.

The FCC voted in December to overturn the net neutrality laws, put in place by President Obama.

"Whether it is litigation, state action, or some other mechanism that brings it about, I am sure that robust net neutrality protections will prevail with the American public!"

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