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FCC Officially Publishes Net Neutrality Rollback

by Countable | 2.22.18

What’s the story?

The Federal Communications Commission has formally published its December 2017 order to repeal net neutrality. The rollback is scheduled to take effect on April 23.

Congress now has 60 legislative working days to reverse the FCC decision under the Congressional Review Act.

In December, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the commission’s two other GOP members voted to enact Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom rule, allowing internet providers to speed up – or slow down – access to apps and websites.

Why does it matter?

As Reuters explained, "The formal publication in the Federal Register, a government website, means state attorneys general and advocacy groups will be able to sue in a bid to block the order from taking effect."

Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the FCC’s two dissenting commissioners, tweeted:

The commission disagrees, writing in the Federal Register that the repeal "restores the light-touch regulatory scheme that fostered the internet's growth, openness, and freedom."

What do you think?

Congress has 60 days to act—tell them how they should. Should they support the rollback or join the opposition? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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