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Net Neutrality repeal effective starting on April 23

March 24 2018, 07:48 | Alexander Lowe

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The Federal Communications Commission plans to publish an order rolling back its net neutrality rules in the Federal Register Feb. 22, a move that will fuel several legal challenges.

"An open internet - and the free exchange of ideas it allows - is critical to our democratic process", New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman noted in a press release. Publishing the final notice of the repeal, which the FCC voted on late past year, triggers a 60-day countdown until the rules are removed.

The approval of Pai's proposal marked a victory for internet service providers like AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc and hands them power over what content consumers can access.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai speaks ahead of the commission's vote on net neutrality rules, December 14, 2017.

"The sky is not falling", he said.

"The internet has to be a neutral place, it has to be a level playing field, everybody had to have equal access". Publication in the Federal Register also opens the door for the public to sue. The FCC voted to repeal the rules on December 14.

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

Beyond that, attorneys general from more than 20 states have lodged lawsuits against the FCC to protect net neutrality.

Software company Mozilla announced on its blog Thursday morning that it had re-filed its suit. Currently, the Senate effort has 50 votes, with several Republicans crossing party lines to oppose the repeal.

One group, Public Knowledge, said that it would be filing its own lawsuit on Thursday. It turned a blind eye to all kinds of corruption in our public record, from Russian intervention to fake comments to stolen identities in our files. The protesters opposing the FCC's decision were in Washington, D.C. Despite the appeal, the vote went on as scheduled.

Internet service providers will be free to prioritize traffic to websites and services belonging to companies that pay for this, with slower bandwidth provided to other sites. "This is not right. The FCC is on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the law and it deserves to have its handiwork revisited, reexamined, and ultimately reversed".

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