CPUC Appeals FCC Decision Repealing Net Neutrality

CPUC Appeals FCC Decision Repealing Net Neutrality

CPUC Appeals FCC Decision Repealing Net Neutrality

The repeal is set to take effect April 23, according to the order.

With Orwellian rhetorical flourish, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today published the "Restoring Internet Freedom" rule, which rolled back Net Neutrality in a party line vote previous year. The governing body enforced the three brightline rules of net neutrality, which prohibited internet service providers from blocking content, slowing or throttling connections and offering favorable service to those who pay more.

"Consumers and businesses in NY and across the country have the right to a free and open internet, and our coalition of attorneys general won't stop fighting to protect that right", he said. "The CRA is the clearest path to restore net neutrality protections that never should have been taken away in the first place". "It might not be called Net neutrality, but (it will address) what role should government have in this powerful new medium of the Internet".

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 spokesman for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai did not immediately comment. The FCC's rule fails to justify the Commission's departure from its long-standing policy and practice of defending net neutrality, while misinterpreting and disregarding critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses. There has also been talk about OR creating laws to protect net neutrality within the state.

Separately, governors in five states - Montana, New Jersey, New York, Hawaii, and Vermont - have passed Executive Orders requiring any ISP with a state contract to adhere to net neutrality.

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Software company Mozilla announced on its blog Thursday morning that it had re-filed its suit. But it remains to be seen. Those who oppose the repeal and support net neutrality fear that ISPs will abuse their power.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is also preparing a legal challenge to the FCC's decision, as part of a coalition with attorneys general from 21 other states and the District of Columbia. This is the order that makes massive changes to the Net Neutrality rules that required all internet traffic to be treated equally.

As it now stands net neutrality ensures that internet providers won't be able to block or limit access to content by offering paid workarounds.

More: Net neutrality rules threaten to rewind the Internet back to 2014.

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