FCC officially repeals landmark net neutrality rules

  • FCC officially repeals landmark net neutrality rules

FCC officially repeals landmark net neutrality rules

In addition to NY, attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington joined Thursday's petition. Federal Communications Commission, 18-1052, Public Knowledge v. Federal Communications Commission, 18-1054 and State of NY v. The CPUC says the FCC's decision violates federal law, including but not limited to the U.S. Constitution and the Communications Act of 1934, and requests that the Court vacate the FCC's decision. In 2015, under President Barack Obama, a Democrat-led FCC passed rules that barred broadband companies from slowing down or blocking access to certain websites or services.

The FCC has cited April 23 as the day when it will put its rollback of net neutrality into effect, but staunch defenders of the open internet are not going down without a fight. "We are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence".

Vimeo has not offered a statement regarding its legal action, but Bloomberg reported that the video platform - along with other companies, such as Mozilla - has mounted a legal challenge against the FCC, which could reopen the debate surrounding net neutrality.

At that point, the only thing standing between your internet service provider and a throttled internet dystopia is a pinky-swear promise from the ISPs not to do anything nasty, and that's not even worth the web page it's written on.

"All the benefit that we've gotten from the internet that has made life easier, potentially that changes without net neutrality and that matters to all of us", Berkowitz said.

That's because once that ruling, known as the Restoring Internet Freedom order (ha!), officially drops, opponents will have something to sink their teeth into and can begin the long process of fighting the rules in court. In particular, we filed our petition today because we believe the recent FCC decision violates both federal law as well as harms internet users and innovators. It makes sure that preferential treatment is not given toward some Internet providers. Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, told BuzzFeed News in an email that the New York attorney general's suit, which is expected to be joined by over 20 state attorneys general, would be filed by Thursday afternoon. "The FCC's repeal's arbitrary and capricious", according to a press release announcing the lawsuit back in January.