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

FCC Eliminates Hard-Copy Rules Requirement

The Republican-led agency narrowly passed the repeal in December by a vote of 3-2.

Congress can undo the rollback of net neutrality if two-thirds of the House and Senate vote to overturn the FCC's order within 60 legislative days.

In a petition filed in the D.C. Circuit, the state attorneys general contend the order is "arbitrary and capricious" and violates terms of the Administrative Procedure Act. Its recent action is titled "The Restoring Internet Freedom Order", which is misleading considering how net neutrality allows for consumers to access content regardless of where it's hosted. Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, told BuzzFeed News in an email that the New York attorney general's suit, which is expected to be joined by over 20 state attorneys general, would be filed by Thursday afternoon. "The repeal of net neutrality would turn internet service providers into gatekeepers - allowing them to put profits over consumers while controlling what we see, what we do, and what we say online". "A vote is imminent, and every senator needs to decide right now whether they're going to listen to their constituents or go down in history as having voted against the free and open Internet".

While the rule is published today, it doesn't take effect quite yet.




FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who voted against the repeal, said in a statement released Thursday that the FCC has "failed the American public". 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.

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.

Markey's proposed block to the bill falls under authority granted to lawmakers under the Congressional Review Act. In January, according to a Reuters report, US Senate Democrats said they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber for repeal - one vote short of a majority.

Should it pass, Markey's resolution would also bar the FCC from attempting to repeal net neutrality again in the future. Twenty-three Democratic attorneys general later joined the fray.

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