Will the FCC overturn net neutrality?

Will the FCC overturn net neutrality?

Will the FCC overturn net neutrality?

Until April 23, those who oppose the repeal won't stay silent as the attorney general of NY os suing the commission with support from more states and groups coming in.

Net neutrality will be dissolved effective April 23 as noted in the revocation order published to the Federal Register by the Federal Communications Commission today. "We are confident that the FCC's illegal and procedurally flawed action will be rejected".

If net neutrality is lost, internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T and Verizon could create special "fast lanes" for content providers willing to pay more. "Despite the hard blow [FCC] Chairman [Ajit] Pai has dealt to the Open Internet, small businesses, and consumers, the fight for net neutrality continues", the group's senior counsel John Bergmayer said in a statement. "The CRA is the clearest path to restore net neutrality protections that never should have been taken away in the first place". It relies on the core principle of net neutrality (that all internet traffic be treated equally) to exist.

Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, is leading the lawsuit for the twenty states. The FCC says it will "preempt any state or local measures that would effectively impose rules or requirements that we have repealed or made a decision to refrain from imposing in this order".

The Internet & Television Association, a cable-industry trade association, says that the FCC plan removes unnecessary regulation. Federal Communications Commission, 18-1054 and State of NY v. However, the chances of preserving net neutrality via the Congressional Review Act seem slim.


"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. But it remains to be seen. There are several challenges to the repeal and Democrats in the Senate have enough votes to reverse it.

Still, a majority of Americans favor rules preventing ISPs from blocking content according to a nationally-representative survey conducted in September 2017 by Consumers Union, which supports a restoration of the 2015 rules.

Even though many people agreed with the basic premise of net neutrality, the FCC's rules became a lightning rod for controversy because they placed broadband providers under the same strict regulations that govern telephone networks.

The FCC officially published its repeal on Thursday meaning net neutrality, the rules prohibiting internet providers from playing favorites, is slated to end in just 60 days.

More: Net neutrality rules threaten to rewind the Internet back to 2014.

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