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FCC to Soon Begin Process of Getting Rid of Net Neutrality Rules

FCC to Soon Begin Process of Getting Rid of Net Neutrality Rules

ISPs would also be able to charge customers a premium for certain types of content or block access to certain sites if they wish.

The Federal Communications Commission is on the verge of officially publishing its order demolishing the rules that protected a free and open internet, and activists actually have a reason to look forward to it. Why?

The FCC said in its Federal Register document that it considers its decision a return "to the light-touch regulatory scheme that enabled the internet to develop and thrive for almost two decades".

But it should be noted that at the moment, the net neutrality rules still apply in the U.S., despite the FCC vote. 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 new Order eliminates the net neutrality rules ("no blocking, no throttling, and no fast lanes") that have protected the Open Internet, and takes away the FCC's authority over broadband more generally.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai speaks ahead of the commission's vote on net neutrality rules, December 14, 2017.

The publication of the document is required in the Federal Register, a U.S. government website, before state attorney generals and advocacy groups can launched their own legal challenges to halt the FCC's action.

It is known that a number of advocacy groups and U.S. states are prepared to sue the FCC over the reversal, including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. All we are left with is Big Cable and Big Telco telling us to "trust them" not to violate net neutrality principles. Check back for updates.