FCC Starts Clock On Net Neutrality Repeal, Faces Lawsuits

FCC Starts Clock On Net Neutrality Repeal, Faces Lawsuits

FCC Starts Clock On Net Neutrality Repeal, Faces Lawsuits

On Dec. 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality rules that require Internet service providers to treat online content equally and not interfere with consumers' ability to lawfully access online content, applications, or websites of their choosing (the FCC released a final decision on January 4, 2018).

At least five petitions have been filed at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington alone, with Mozilla-developer of the Firefox web browser and the video-sharing website Vimeo leading the way when the clerk's office opened for business.

In addition to the impending legal challenges, Senate Democrats are looking to vote under the Congressional Review Act to reverse the order. 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.

Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic on the internet is treated equally.

The rule was also unlawful because it includes "sweeping preemption of state and local laws", he said. The Internet Association, which represents companies such as Google and Facebook, has also opposed the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

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The FCC voted to dissolve net neutrality back in 2017 with a 3-2 vote.

The order will be officially published tomorrow in the Federal Register. "As a result of the mess the agency created, broadband providers will now have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content", Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel claimed in a statement obtained by The Hill.

Despite Democrats opposing the repeal, congressional experts believe such an intervention is unlikely since Democrats would need to gain the support of at least one more GOP senator. What it does do is act as a starting pistol of sorts for repeal opponents.

And the reversal will also have to go for a vote in the US Congress, and then the House of Representatives, where the Republicans hold a larger majority than in Congress.

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