FCC Takes Another Step Toward Repeal Of Net Neutrality

Laverne Mann
February 23, 2018

The agency took the requisite formal step of publishing the rules on Thursday, opening the door for lawsuits from a number of state attorneys general and advocacy groups. A repeal, supporters of net neutrality say, would take away the level playing field of the internet and favor the bigger players online, harming smaller actors who want to get into the field, and would ultimately hurt consumers.

Net neutrality laws were created during the Obama administration and barred broadband companies from blocking access or slowing down the performance of certain websites and online services. Publishing the final notice of the repeal, which the FCC voted on late past year, triggers a 60-day countdown until the rules are removed.

Web browser developer Mozilla Corp and video-sharing website Vimeo Inc IAC.O said on Thursday they had refiled legal challenges meant to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark net neutrality rules from taking effect. The order reclassified the Internet as an "information service", compared to the agency's 2015 net neutrality order, which regulated the Internet as a public monopoly. The Republican-led agency narrowly passed the repeal in December by a vote of 3-2.

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"It turned a blind eye to all kinds of corruption in our public record - from Russian intervention to fake comments to stolen identities in our files", she said.

At that point, the only thing standing between your internet service provider and a throttled internet dystopia is a pinky-swear promise from the ISPs not to do anything nasty, and that's not even worth the web page it's written on. "This is not right", Rosenworcel said. Susan Collins of Maine. A Democratic effort to block the FCC under the Congressional Review Act is also unlikely to succeed. What it does do is act as a starting pistol of sorts for repeal opponents. U.S. Senate Democrats have the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber for repeal, leaving them just one vote short of a majority.

In addition to NY, attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington joined Thursday's petition.

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