Net Neutrality Closer to Reality after FCC Sends Rules to Federal Register
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently sent its net neutrality rules to the Federal Register. The rules were earlier published on February 26, 2015 by the FCC. These rules will meet legal challenges once the Federal Register publishes them.
Net neutrality is the principal that allows internet users to access various websites without seeking anybody’s permission. The Federal Communications Commission keeps a close watch on internet policies that take place in the United States. The Commission recently issued new net neutrality rules that provoked discussions and some opposition from the internet user community. However, the FCC believes that its rules will make open internet a possible state.
The rules seek to encourage innovation and expansion on the internet, while keeping the interests of broadband service providers in the country. These rules, popularly called Open Internet Rules, are laid down with the purpose of providing a legal foundation to net neutrality. According to a statement by the Commission, the FCC has refrained from using outdated sections of Title II of The Communications Act. These sections are not relevant in today’s scenario of broadband services. According to the rules, broadband providers will no longer be able to block access to any legal content or services. The service providers are also denied the right to give faster access to the content of their choice.
While the FCC affirms the new set of rules, its opponents are preparing to file lawsuits against the regulations. Some experts agree with the FCC’s decision to prevent web content blocking. However, many service providers are opposing the restrictions that are laid down on broadband and mobile internet service providers alike. The lawsuits were expected, according to Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC, who said earlier in November that “big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out.”
However, the rules will not face any lawsuits until they are published by the Federal Register. The process will take a few days or more. Soon, cable companies and internet service providers are expected to file lawsuits against the FCC. Recently, a conservative group claimed having nearly 5, 00,000 signatures against the agency’s rules.
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