It’s now official, net neutrality is dead. Last week I told you I’d let you know if the rule from the FCC ending net neutrality regulations went into effect, as many thought it would.
Now, here it is, that notice, because the rule has officially gone into place.
Hold on to your proverbials, though, because after some time has passed, we’ll find out who was right and who was wrong in the long-heated debates that led up to this moment.
|FCC repeal of net neutrality rules now official: Here’s what happens next|
The FCC’s net neutrality vote has finally been published in the Federal Register, the government’s official record of all administrative actions. The moment is key, because it kicks off the next phase of the fight over the future of the Internet. Here’s what to expect.
In December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its net neutrality rules for Internet providers – a move aimed at deregulate the industry and allow companies such as AT&T and Verizon to legally slow down websites, block apps and even charge content companies extra fees for priority access to consumers’ screens. (None of this has occurred so far; not only must the substance of the new rules take effect, but many Internet providers say they aren’t interested in blocking or slowing websites, while critics of the industry have said it would be too obvious to try that type of behavior right out of the gate.)