Sunday, 23 September, 2018

23 state AGs refile lawsuit challenging net neutrality repeal

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Edmund Robinson | 23 February, 2018, 06:48

The Federal Communications Commission officially published its order overturning the net neutrality rules in the Federal Register on Thursday, a procedural step that allows for the filing of legal challenges. But a broad array of net neutrality proponents counter that the rules are necessary to prevent broadband providers from engaging in censorship, and from harming competitors.

Broadband companies have said they do not intend to block, slow down or prioritize any web traffic as a result of the FCC's repeal, arguing that it's not in their interest to upset and potentially drive away subscribers.

"The sky is not falling", he said. However, a lot of opposition see it differently, as it would enable certain Internet companies, like Xfinity, to thrive with increased costs. "That is why today, immediately after the order was published, Mozilla re-filed our suit challenging the FCC net neutrality order". In three years' time the Democrats could be back in the White House, if this is the case it would be a fair bet to assume the net neutrality rules would be back in play.

Until April 23, those who oppose the repeal won't stay silent as the attorney general of NY os suing the commission with support from more states and groups coming in. There is also the danger of ISP-approved content and companies, which means if Verizon, for example, starts offering a service that competes against a startup (or even a tech giant, for that matter), they won't have any chance at success. "An internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent".




Democrats need 51 votes to win any proposal in the Republican-controlled Senate because Vice President Mike Pence can break any tie.

"FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is confident the order will be upheld, his office said in a statement".

"It turned a blind eye to all kinds of corruption in our public record - from Russian intervention to fake comments to stolen identities in our files", she said.

"This misguided decision awoke a sleeping giant -the American public- and we won't stop making a ruckus until internet openness is the law of the land", tweeted Democratic FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who dissented in December's vote. Despite the appeal, the vote went on as scheduled. Once it's taken down, Internet providers will be able to dictate rules on their service however they see fit, which could affect not only online services like Facebook and Netflix, but also possibly gaming, since a good amount of Internet is required to take part in multiplayer sessions. "This is not right. The FCC is on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the law and it deserves to have its handiwork revisited, re-examined, and ultimately reversed".

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