"Today it is official: the FCC majority has taken the next step in handing the keys to the internet over to billion-dollar broadband providers by publishing the Destroying Internet Freedom Order in the Federal Register".
After the repeal takes effect - which won't happen for at least two months - broadband providers will be free to censor sites, slow down competitors and otherwise interfere with people's use of the web. "Whether it is litigation, state action, or some other mechanism that brings it about, I am sure that robust net neutrality protections will prevail with the American public!" Drew Hansen, the bill's sponsor, said he expects the bill to be voted out of committee in the Senate this week. However, a lot of opposition see it differently, as it would enable certain Internet companies, like Xfinity, to thrive with increased costs. Over time though, whether it's months or years, ISPs will start introducing tiered plans that allow them to pick and choose the content you see based on what you're willing to pay. We get the impression these releases were a strategic move to allow FCC Chairperson Ajit Pai an understanding of what the legal challenges would be, and therefore the opportunity to strengthen the aforementioned order against any lawsuits.
The FCC's December decision also sought to preempt states from imposing their own net neutrality rules. "The FCC and Chairman Pai just triggered a timeline that will culminate in a Senate vote on my resolution, and we can not let up until we win".
Hansen thinks that is "nonsense".
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On the other side, technology firms including Google's parent company Alphabet Inc and Facebook have thrown their weight behind the congressional bid to reverse the net neutrality repeal. "Suddenly there wouldn't be any possibility of a patchwork of state laws".
The rollback of net neutrality might not make much of a different to some states, however.
The rule published Thursday has a dedicated section to preempt states and local jurisdictions from passing de facto net neutrality laws.
In December the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overturned net neutrality rules instated under President Obama. "Comcast customers will continue to enjoy all of the benefits of an open internet today, tomorrow, and in the future". Once a regulation hits the Federal Register, those opposed to it have ten days to file lawsuits with the courts over it.