FCC publishes net neutrality repeal, but debate goes on

FCC publishes net neutrality repeal, but debate goes on

“We should be prepared for a state of uncertainty in the near future over what rules will govern broadband Internet, and that is the same as it’s been mostly for the past decade,” said telecommunications attorney Travis LeBlanc, a former FCC enforcement chief.

The FCC voted 3-2 in December to rescind Obama-era regulations that established the net neutrality principle that Internet service companies should treat all Web traffic equally. Net neutrality proponents worried that without the regulations, big Internet companies could block or slow down online services while charging deep-pocketed companies for faster access.

AT&T, Verizon and Comcast supported the move by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to repeal the standards, saying the net neutrality regulations had added unnecessary layers of rules and could undermine their investments in broadband.

In the ruling published in the Federal Register, the FCC said its Restoring Internet Freedom Order was returning to a “light-touch regulatory scheme that enabled the Internet to develop and thrive for nearly two decades.”

The publication starts the clock on the Congressional Review Act, a law that gives Congress 60 legislative days to review and reverse new regulations from a government agency like the FCC. (Congress could also enact its own net neutrality law after the review period is over.)


The ruling “more favored the rights of carriers than the rights of consumers,” said Dane Jasper, CEO of Santa Rosa Internet service company Sonic, which is also joining in the campaign. Read More