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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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  • Sheila
    02/22/2018
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    Please stop this travesty. We need a free and open internet. This will harm small business and users, who deserve to see what they want with no restriction.

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  • Michael.J.L
    02/22/2018
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    I love how Republicans and their supporters say how the GOP is all about protecting our freedoms..yeah right. They care only about protecting the freedom of people like the Koch brothers to screw the rest of us over.

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  • Donna
    02/22/2018
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    The American people are tired of corrupt, non-elected government officials putting the interests of their donors, lobbyists and former employers above those of the general public. Pai is now under investigation for his arbitrary change to the FCC rule which could allow the Sinclair-Tribune merger to proceed. For a person interested in competition, this is hypocrisy at its best. We deserve and demand this latest action be reviewed and reversed by the people actually PAID to represent the rest of us. This self-interested decision cannot stand.

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  • carolkravetz
    02/22/2018
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    It’s time for Congress to take action. Hahahaha!! Like talking to a wall. Repealing net neutrality is counterproductive for the education and entrepreneurship of our people. What a bad decision.

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  • Esther
    02/22/2018
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    Doesn’t ANYONE on the hill listen to what we the people want???? Have you forgotten that we the people are your employer? I’m so tired of the people with the most money having the most influence and the devil take the rest of us.

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  • BeStrong
    02/22/2018
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    And this, just as Mr anti-net neutrality is about to be investigated. Good luck Mr Pai, u r going to need it. ...And Congress, get to work, u have 60 days to not screw this up. Hurry...Mid-terms r coming 👍

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  • Debra
    02/22/2018
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    I’m tired of corporate giants running my life and my country.

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  • Tim
    02/22/2018
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    This agency DOES NOT have our approval to do this (the consent of the governed...) It must be made null and void. This is NOT a power we (the people) granted the government.

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  • Timnyc
    02/22/2018
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    Everyone should fight against this government takeover of our rights to free speech and access to a free internet. This action by the FCC is a clear violation of law and an attempt to privatize our democracy

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  • Rowanba
    02/22/2018
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    Unfortunately my senators agree with the FCC ruling to repeal net neutrality. I have written to them and they have told me so. So I'll do what I have to do in the 2018 elections "VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE!"

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  • Calhoun
    02/22/2018
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    Unquestionably and unapologetically corporatic. History will not be kind to this administration. Which side of history do you want to be on? Act now. Protect a free and open internet.

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  • Joanne
    02/22/2018
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    To ALL the Democratic Senators that have signed the Net Neutrality CRA thank you. Please speak to your republican buddies and ask them to sign too. This is what the people want!!!

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  • Miriam
    02/22/2018
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    Net neutrality must be saved! You have an obligation to keep it so.

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  • Cathy
    02/22/2018
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    This is another giveaway to corporations, this time telecommunications! Stop this insanity please!

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  • Ronda
    02/22/2018
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    Please protect our once great country and put an end to fascist America

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  • Troy
    02/22/2018
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    We need to protect Net Neutrality, and have to let all our legislators hear it!

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  • Luigi
    02/22/2018
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    Free and open internet benefits everyone. Every grandma. Every child. Everyone. Damn the dollar sign and how it's corrupted everything on this planet. What's that? A service we can exploit and screw every American on? Sweet!

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  • Michael
    02/22/2018
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    Restore net neutrality. Corporations have too much control over the consumer. Now we will be forced to use services that our internet provider approves of. And say hello to the price hike.

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  • Carrie
    02/22/2018
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    It’s time for Congress to take action. Repealing net neutrality is counterproductive for the education and entrepreneurship of our people. What a bad decision.

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  • Chris
    02/22/2018
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    Reverse this order and pass legislation defining the internet as a utility in order to enshrine net neutrality into law. Do this now and do not compromise. Get it done.

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