Disappointed that this is one more anti-consumer notch on this FCC's belt, but hopeful that the arc of history is bent in favor of net neutrality protections. Americans should closely monitor their broadband and online service bills, as some sites and web services may have to pay for prioritized access online - and will ultimately pass those costs on to consumers.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to publish on Thursday its controversial order made in December to overturn the net neutrality rules in the United States.
The FCC voted in December to overturn the net neutrality laws, put in place by President Obama.
A spokesman for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai did not immediately comment.
"Despite the hard blow Chairman Pai has dealt to the Open Internet, small businesses, and consumers, the fight for net neutrality continues".
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Beyond that, attorneys general from more than 20 states have lodged lawsuits against the FCC to protect net neutrality.
If legal challenges (like the one being conducted by the attorney general of New York) fail to halt the repeal, US citizens will have to wait until 2020 to vote out Trump and install a new president who will be favorable toward the return of net neutrality.
Two sources briefed on the matter confirmed the publication to Reuters. However, they do not have enough votes to overturn the veto that President Trump would no doubt sign if this were to happen.
The FCC's repeal will allow both blocking and throttling by Internet providers, leaving one requirement intact: that broadband companies - such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T - have to disclose to users how they handle web traffic. The Order rolls back the agency's net neutrality rules, and abandons the agency's longstanding, bipartisan commitment to broadband oversight, including protecting the Open Internet and ensuring that internet service providers do not discriminate against online content or services. Those who oppose the repeal and support net neutrality fear that ISPs will abuse their power.