Remember the net neutrality repeal? It will go into effect April 23rd

23 February, 2018, 06:44 | Author: Lucy Floyd
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The attorneys general of 20 states and tech companies filed suits last month to halt the repeal, according to CNN. In addition, the publication kicks off a 60-legislative-day deadline for Congress to vote on whether to overturn the decision. The order appeared in this morning's Federal Register; the Commission voted 3-2 along party lines to pass the "Restoring Internet Freedom" order over strenuous objections from consumer groups and the public, and allegations that numerous pro-order comments received by the FCC were faked and/or from stolen identities and possibly the result of Russian interference.

Net Neutrality was passed in 2015. Furthermore, broadband providers now have the authority to sell broadband like they sell cable television, where the company decides where you go online and sets packages and tiers which require more money to reach more of the internet. Proponents of removing the rules contend that the move will unfetter competition and thus boost economic growth.

Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, opposes the rollback. In fact, it really only benefits large Internet Service Providers.

In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) returns to the light-touch regulatory scheme that enabled the internet to develop and thrive for almost two decades. Federal Communications Commission, 18-1055, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (Washington). Back in December, the FCC voted to move forward with its plan to eliminate these net neutrality protections. "An open internet, and the free exchange of ideas it allows, is critical to our democratic process". 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.

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"Well if they don't oppose net neutrality protections then there would be no reason to file a lawsuit challenging Washington state's net neutrality protections", Hansen said.

The Attorneys General will argue in their suit that, under the Administrative Procedure Act, the FCC can not make "arbitrary and capricious" changes to existing policies, such as net neutrality.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who voted to end net neutrality, is a former associate general counsel for Verizon, which owns HuffPost's parent company, Oath. However the FCC has sought to explicitly preempt these laws in the new rule.

In addition to legal action, Mozilla and Vimeo filed legal challenges to the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules, attacking the agency's gutting of Obama-era policy. The Attorneys General of 22 states have signed on to the legal challenge.


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