Public Knowledge Challenges Reckless FCC Net Neutrality Rollback

FCC Eliminates Hard-Copy Rules Requirement

There are several challenges to the repeal and Democrats in the Senate have enough votes to reverse it.

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.

The order's publication allows legal challenges to be filed against it.

"The FCC's net neutrality decision is a study in just what's wrong with Washington". This possibility is being pursued by Mozilla and Vimeo.

Now that the rules have been published, said Consumers Union senior policy counsel Jonathan Schwantes, "we urge senators to listen to the consumers they represent and vote to restore these critical Net-neutrality rules to ensure that Internet service providers aren't the gatekeepers to the Internet".

Among the states that have filed charges are California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

With the repeal, the FCC will do away with rules barring internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content.

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But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was confident the order would be upheld, according to a statement from his office. That could take months and leaves uncertain the exact date the package takes legal effect.

The repeal clears the way for ISPs and wireless carriers to treat internet traffic however they wish, for the most part.

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.

Customers of streaming services like Netflix could see their subscription fees rise if the company chooses to pay more. Two-thirds of the Senate would have to vote down a veto from Trump. The FCC voted to undo net neutrality in December. A Senate bill that would erase December's vote is now one Republican supporter away from being able to pass the chamber, though it would face a long-shot battle in the House. It won't get past President Donald Trump's desk, but it will force a vote and some think that the voting record could result in changes in mid-term elections.

The repeal was a victory for internet service providers like AT&T Inc T.N , Comcast Corp CMCSA.O and Verizon Communications Inc VZ.N , conferring power over what content consumers can access.

"It is not going to end the internet as we know it", he observed (possibly while daydreaming about the contents of his giant mug).

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