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The FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, which vastly curtails the agency’s 2015 net neutrality rules, has officially taken effect by being entered the Federal Register.
The order, published Thursday morning, may sound like the end of the line, but in fact this is the green light for everyone in the country, from citizens to attorney generals to governors and senators, to begin the official battle against the FCC’s ill-advised, technically backwards, and deeply unpopular rule.
Little - December - Vote - Debate - Proponents
Little has changed since the December vote, prior to which an intense debate raged between proponents and opponents of the rule. I won’t reiterate them now, but you can read some of the most common arguments and counter-arguments here. Let it suffice for now to say that the rule has questionable motivations, is poorly researched, and removes critical protections against the wishes of millions of citizens.
Once the rule was voted on, then finalized earlier this year, it was sent along to be entered in the federal register and thus take effect.
Demonstrators - FCC - Building - Day - Vote
Demonstrators outside the FCC building on the day of the vote (December 14).
Prior to today, many actions contemplated and indeed announced by opponents of the rule were technically not possible, since the rule was technically not yet in force. A state can’t, for example, argue that its own laws are infringed upon by a rule until that rule legally exists.
Today - Moment - Neutrality - Repeal - Lot
Today is the moment that the net neutrality repeal legally exists, and you’re going to see a lot — a lot — of actions taken against it, all over the country.
You can read in detail what happens next here, but in short there will be a few immediate lines of attack:
Review - Act - Democrats - Senate - People
Congressional Review Act. Democrats in the Senate have far more than enough people to force a vote on blocking the rule from taking effect. While there’s no chance...
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