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States Refile Lawsuits to Block Repeal of Net Neutrality

States Refile Lawsuits to Block Repeal of Net Neutrality

The repeal is set to take effect April 23, according to the order. Publishing the final notice of the repeal, which the FCC voted on late previous year, triggers a 60-day countdown until the rules are removed.

The reversal is a hallmark victory for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, whose tenure has seen him strongly advocate for reduced regulation in lockstep with President Trump.

"The sky is not falling", he said.

"The internet has to be a neutral place, it has to be a level playing field, everybody had to have equal access".

Still, Thursday's filing was expected to open the door to challengers of the decision, The Hill reported.

Of course that's really just the beginning of an entirely new chapter in the fight to prevent broadband monopolies from abusing a lack of competition in the broadband space (remember: net neutrality violations are just a symptom of a lack of competition, a problem nobody wants to seriously address for fear of upsetting campaign contributors).

Separately, governors in five states - Montana, New Jersey, New York, Hawaii, and Vermont - have passed Executive Orders requiring any ISP with a state contract to adhere to net neutrality.

The state governments "are doing what the FCC chose not to do - listening to consumers who overwhelmingly support net neutrality rules - and sending a strong message to internet service providers looking to do business in their states", says Schwantes. "An internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent". Given that he backed the FCC's repeal of net neutrality provisions, the chances of that happening seem slim right now.

The FCC gave the National Association of Broadcasters some love in the release announcing the adoption of the change.

"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. Twenty-two state attorneys general and the District of Columbia also joined the legal battle. Despite the appeal, the vote went on as scheduled.

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.

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