Net neutrality repeal takes effect April 23

FCC Eliminates Hard-Copy Rules Requirement

FCC Eliminates Hard-Copy Rules Requirement

It makes sure that preferential treatment is not given toward some Internet providers.

Though Oregon's proposal for its own net neutrality laws is a reassurance to those living in the state, it still leaves room for possible issues to arise, as there would still be no federal law for net neutrality.

Congressional aides said the official order triggered a 60-legislative-day deadline for Congress to vote on whether to overturn the FCC's decision. "We are confident that the FCC's illegal and procedurally flawed action will be rejected". ISPs can't start blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization for a little while.

Now that the final rule has been published by the FCC, entities can begin to file legal challenges against the order.

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Blumenthal said if they get the extra vote the Senate needs, it would go onto the House. The Republican-led agency narrowly passed the repeal in December by a vote of 3-2. "An open internet, and the free exchange of ideas it allows, is critical to our democratic process".

An FCC spokesperson clarified that despite that April 23 effective date, nothing of substance takes effect until after the Federal Register publishes the OMB approval of the reporting requirements (assuming they are approved, as expected).

There is no doubt that intense debates and legal battles will ensue over the order and there are strong opinions and feelings on both sides of the Net Neutrality argument. Susan Collins (R-Maine), so far have 50 votes in the Senate - one vote shy of overcoming the Republican majority. Many mayors voiced opposition to an overturning of the 2015 rules, too. Not so here. Pushing back against efforts to impose net neutrality at the state level, such as in California, they argue, "Regulation of broadband internet access service should be governed principally by a uniform set of federal regulations, rather than by a patchwork that includes separate state and local requirements".

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Whether the states can be legally successful with their challenges remains to be seen, says Brent Skorup, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Federal Communications Commission, 18-1054 and State of NY v. "I expect the broad debate will continue", he said.

Net neutrality means Internet service providers should allow equal access to all Internet content regardless of the source.

The FCC contends the rollback move was a vote to "restore the longstanding, bipartisan light-touch regulatory framework that has fostered rapid Internet growth, openness and freedom for almost 20 years".

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

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