Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Net neutrality officially dies on June 11th

Net neutrality officially dies on June 11th

The death of net neutrality will happen on June 11, which is when the order of the Federal Communications Commission to end the rules will take effect. Barbara Underwood, the acting attorney general for NY, told Reuters that "the repeal of net neutrality would allow internet service providers to put their profits before the consumers they serve and control what we see, do, and say online".

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, said in a statement Thursday. Once the OMB has signed off on the new regulations, the FCC will publish a second document in the Federal Register putting the new regulations into action, and formally putting net neutrality repeal into effect.

An actual law on the books would prevent the next chair of the FCC from doing exactly what Pai has done this time and simply reversing a previous order with a new one.

Net neutrality advocates, meanwhile, fear that without the rules in place, internet service providers will create a tiered internet that throttles or even blocks certain services depending on how much the consumer is paying.

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"The agency failed to listen to the American public and gave short shrift to their deeply held belief that internet openness should remain the law of the land", FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, was quoted by Reuters as saying on Thursday. "My colleagues and I are forcing a vote to overturn the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality". Currently, 48 Democrats and one Republican, Sen.

Senate Democrats are now pushing for a vote on a bill to overturn the decision as soon as next week. For months, many politicians and special interests have tried to mislead the American people about the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. Several states, including New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and California, have gone so far as to push legislation to enforce the principles of net neutrality within their borders. But for the resolution to pass entirely, a majority would still be needed in the House - where it faces more opposition - and President Donald Trump would have to sign it. "They said do what you will with the internet", he said. In February, a coalition of 23 attorneys general filed a lawsuit to block the rollback of net neutrality.

Republicans have said the FCC repeal would eliminate heavy-handed government regulations and encourage investment.

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