After the Federal Communications Commission’s contentious December vote, we knew that the 2015 net neutrality rules would be rolled back, but not when that would happen. Now we finally have a date: April 23, 2018.
That information comes courtesy of the Federal Register, which today published the FCC’s official order. Titled “Restoring Internet Freedom,” the order scraps the 2015 rules entirely. Internet service providers are now free to use a wide range of tactics banned under the 2015 rules, including throttling and blocking websites. The new order requires that companies disclose when they use these tactics, but it doesn’t ask much else of ISPs.
Net neutrality may not be the law of the land come late April, but it still has plenty of supporters. We’ve already seen states take legal action and congressional leaders urge a vote to overrule to FCC’s decision. The odds of these sorts of measures successfully striking down the FCC’s decision are long, to say the least, but they’re making headlines nonetheless. For the state officials and lawmakers pushing these measures, that’s part of the point: net neutrality enjoys broad support with the voting public, and November’s elections are getting closer every day.
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