The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order repealing net neutrality was published in the Federal Register Thursday morning, opening the door for supporters of the Obama-era rules to launch legislative and legal challenges.
The Republican-led FCC voted to repeal the consumer protections in December amid an outcry from internet users and activists worried that the move would give free reign to companies like Verizon and Comcast to disrupt the free flow of information online.
“As a result of the mess the agency created, broadband providers will now have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content,” Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who voted against the repeal, said in a statement on Thursday. “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.”
Now that the new rules have officially been published, net neutrality supporters are able to mount a legal challenge against them. Democratic attorneys general, public interest groups and internet companies have all promised to file lawsuits to preserve the 2015 protections.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Harper Neidig