Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Dec 2017 19:46 UTC

Net neutrality is dead - at least for now. In a 3-2 vote today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a measure to remove the tough net neutrality rules it put in place just two years ago. Those rules prevented internet providers from blocking and throttling traffic and offering paid fast lanes. They also classified internet providers as Title II common carriers in order to give the measure strong legal backing.

Today's vote undoes all of that. It removes the Title II designation, preventing the FCC from putting tough net neutrality rules in place even if it wanted to. And, it turns out, the Republicans now in charge of the FCC really don’t want to. The new rules largely don’t prevent internet providers from doing anything. They can block, throttle, and prioritize content if they wish to. The only real rule is that they have to publicly state that they’re going to do it.

Nobody wanted the FCC to vote like this. Public support for net neutrality is massive. The only reason this is happening is pure, unbridled corruption at the very root of the American political system.

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RE: It's not over
by Odwalla on Fri 15th Dec 2017 12:30 UTC in reply to "It's not over"
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It's actually longer than sixty days. It's sixty days *after* the next Congressional Review is published. When the 'Make it all Title II' rule was voted on in 2015 the next Congressional Review wasn't slated to be published for six weeks, so that window was 102 days. A large number of states Attorneys Generals, the EFF, and the ACLU are preparing lawsuits. None of them will be filed until the next Congressional Review is procedures and all that.

So while things might appear quiet in the coming weeks, there is still opposition work to this awful ruling occurring.

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