The two Democrats on the Commission issued statements on the order's publication, with Commissioner JESSICA ROSENWORCEL writing, "The FCC's net neutrality decision is a study in just what's wrong with WASHINGTON". "With the publication of these rules, the FCC has taken another step towards stripping away the essential protections that make the internet an open platform for commerce, communication, expression, and innovation".
The FCC voted 3-2 in December to rescind Obama-era regulations that required equal access to the Internet, but published its final ruling, called the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, in the Federal Register. Twenty-two state attorneys general and the District of Columbia also joined the legal battle. The protesters opposing the FCC's decision were in Washington, D.C.
Among the states that have filed charges are California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This act prohibits "arbitrary and capricious" rulemaking.
The FCC's opponents argue that eliminating net neutrality principles will lead to internet service providers discriminating against some content and poorer service for subscribers. The FCC's rule fails to justify the Commission's departure from its long-standing policy and practice of defending net neutrality, while misinterpreting and disregarding critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses. Pai, appointed to the FCC by President Obama in 2012, became chairman in January when President Trump appointed him.
Some library employees have anxious for months the ending of net neutrality will make it harder for customers to use the Internet.
Whether you're trying to buy a necklace on Etsy, stream a series on Netflix, or upload a photo to Facebook, your internet service provider has to load all of those websites equally quickly. For example, San Francisco is now looking for proposals to build an open-access network that would require net neutrality guarantees from any ISP looking to offer services over the city-owned infrastructure. In theory, service providers could choose which companies succeed and fail.
Congressional aides said the official order triggered a 60-legislative-day deadline for Congress to vote on whether to overturn the FCC's decision.
Senate Democrats are now just one vote shy from overcoming a Republican majority. With the repeal, ISPs will be allowed to prioritize traffic and create paid so-called "fast lanes" for companies that are willing to pay more to deliver their content quicker.