FCC to officially publish net neutrality repeal Thursday

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In December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal the Open Internet Order.

The final draft of the rules sets April 23 as the day the repeal goes into effect, but portions of the order are still pending approval from the Office of Management and Budget, which could delay its implementation.

The Republican-led FCC voted in December to repeal net neutrality rules, which aimed to stop broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.

The repeal was a victory for internet service providers like AT&T Inc T.N , Comcast Corp CMCSA.O and Verizon Communications Inc VZ.N , conferring power over what content consumers can access.

"The sky is not falling", he said.

The CPUC continues to be committed to consumers having fair and equal access to the Internet.

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Still, Thursday's filing was expected to open the door to challengers of the decision, The Hill reported. "That is why today, immediately after the order was published, Mozilla re-filed our suit challenging the FCC net neutrality order".

As reported by Engadget, in the coming months the attorney general of NY is slated to sue the FCC over the repeal of net neutrality with more states and advocacy groups to follow suit.

"Whether it is litigation, state action, or some other mechanism that brings it about, I am sure that robust net neutrality protections will prevail with the American public!" "An internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent".

There is also the fact that people living in states which have chosen not to create any net neutrality laws would still face the consequences of the FCC's ruling. It turned a blind eye to all kinds of corruption in our public record, from Russian intervention to fake comments to stolen identities in our files.

Before December's vote, the attorneys general of almost 20 states asked the FCC to delay its decision based on evidence that impersonators posted hundreds of thousands of fake comments on the commissions' notice of the proposed rule change.

A vote was scheduled for the February 22 public meeting, but was voted on circulation February 20 and removed from the agenda for the meeting. A repeal, supporters of net neutrality say, would take away the level playing field of the internet and favor the bigger players online, harming smaller actors who want to get into the field, and would ultimately hurt consumers. "This is not right".