Net Neutrality Repeal Goes Into Effect April 23
The FCC today published its "Restoring Internet Freedom" rules governing net neutrality in the Federal Register. Per the filing, the agency will repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules effective April 23. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai believes the open market, rather than actual rules, will prevent telecommunications companies from acting in bad faith. Pai is doing away with bright-line rules that prevent throttling and paid-prioritization and suggests that as long as companies are transparent about their policies all will be good. Further, the FCC believes the FTC should take on a greater role in protecting consumers. The FTC, however, is a reactionary body that takes steps only after grievances have occurred. The move is seen as a victory for telecommunications companies such as AT&T and Verizon. April 23 may mark the official end of net neutrality rules, but the FCC's order is the target of litigation. The attorneys general from 21 states plan to sue the FCC in a bid to overturn the reversal. Further, the governors of Montana, New Jersey, and New York have introduced their own rules that compel telecommunications firms to abide by at least some elements to treat web traffic equally. Similarly, some 50 senators have agreed to introduce legislation that would keep net neutrality rules in place, as well as give control over the matter to Congress. Many consumer groups have also vowed to fight the new rules.
FCC's Net Neutrality Reversal to Go Into Effect Thursday
The FCC is prepared to publish its order abolishing Obama-era net neutrality rules in the Federal Register on Thursday, the last act needed to put the change into effect. The rules will be made public in their final form on Wednesday, according to an unnamed source cited by Reuters, and will appear in the Federal Register the following day.
Washington State First to Approve Its Own Net Neutrality Rules
The State of Washington on Monday approved its own set of laws regulating net neutrality after the FCC voted in December to scrap such laws at the federal level. The law bans internet providers from throttling and/or blocking content, and also mandates that they make public their network management policies.
Democrat Senators Move Forward with Bid to Reinstate Net Neutrality
With the support of 50 Senators, Democrats are advancing a bill to bring back the rules governing net neutrality that were cut by the Republican-led FCC. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality in December and the rules reached the Federal Registry earlier this month.
Net Neutrality Rules Reach the Federal Register
The FCC's proposed rules regarding net neutrality were published in the Federal Register today and will become law in 60 days. The rules' appearance in the Federal Register means groups opposed to them may now file lawsuits to prevent the rules from taking final form.
It should be called “freedom for ISPs to $@^& you from behind”