Following a successful 3-2 vote last December, the FCC will today officially publish its proposal to overturn net neutrality. A
Following a successful 3-2 vote last December, the FCC will today officially publish its proposal to overturn net neutrality.
A policy implemented in the Obama era, net neutrality ensures that internet service providers must allow access to all online content. While many regard this as a bulwark against corporate censorship, others like FCC commissioner Ajit Pai claim the regulation hampers investment and competition.
With the proposal on the Federal Registrar, opponents will now be able to sue. Attorneys general of 22 states has already formed a coalition to file a lawsuit and block the order. Congress will now have 60 days to vote on overturning the decision, an opportunity which will surely be seized by Senate Democrats who claim they are only one vote shy of a majority.
Congress might have the best shot as net neutrality remains rather popular among voters. If repealed, Americans could potentially see a pay-to-access system; that outcome would benefit the telecom industry while damaging popular internet companies such as Facebook or Google.