Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

FCC To Officially Unravel Net Neutrality Rules On April 23

FCC To Officially Unravel Net Neutrality Rules On April 23

The FCC voted in December to remove Internet protections that stop Internet Service Providers from blocking or slowing down access to content based on how much computer users can pay. "The FCC's rule fails to justify the Commission's departure from its long-standing policy and practice of defending net neutrality, while misinterpreting and disregarding critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses".

"Nobody should be able to influence what videos you watch, which sites you read and which services you use, but the Trump FCC's action will take that decision away from all of us, jeopardizing free speech and small business innovation", said Rep.

Finally comes the line in the sand: "We therefore preempt any state or local measures that would effectively impose rules or requirements that we have repealed or chose to refrain from imposing in this order or that would impose more stringent requirements for any aspect of broadband service that we address in this order". A Democratic effort to block the FCC under the Congressional Review Act is also unlikely to succeed. That happened today, and barring any intervention from Congress, net neutrality rules are kaput in two months.

Democrats need 51 votes to win any proposal in the Republican-controlled Senate because Vice President Mike Pence can break any tie. "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". Other blue states might follow suit if the repeal of net neutrality goes forward on April 23. Today 22 states and Washington, D.C., filed legal charges against the FCC to prevent the rules from being overturned. Many mayors voiced opposition to an overturning of the 2015 rules, too.

Schneiderman said: 'Repealing net neutrality will allow internet service providers to put corporate profits over consumers by controlling what we see, do, and say online'.

"This is a conflict of vision about the state and what the FCC should do".

"The internet has to be a neutral place, it has to be a level playing field, everybody had to have equal access". For example, San Francisco is now looking for proposals to build an open-access network that would require net neutrality guarantees from any ISP looking to offer services over the city-owned infrastructure. 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.

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

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