The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order repealing Obama-era net neutrality rules was published in the Federal Register Thursday morning, therefore leading to legislative and legal challenges.
The GOP-led FCC voted to repeal the open internet rules in December despite growing opposition from internet users and activists.
“As a result of the mess the agency created, broadband providers will now have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content,” Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement on Thursday. “This is not right. The FCC is on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the law and it deserves to have its handiwork revisited, reexamined, and ultimately reversed.”
The Hill added:
Now that the new rules have officially been published, net neutrality supporters are able to mount a legal challenge against them. Democratic attorneys general, public interest groups and internet companies have all promised to file lawsuits to preserve the 2015 protections.
One group, Public Knowledge, said that it would be filing its own lawsuit on Thursday.
“Despite the hard blow [FCC] Chairman [Ajit] Pai has dealt to the Open Internet, small businesses, and consumers, the fight for net neutrality continues,” John Bergmayer, the group’s senior counsel, said in a statement.
“Today, Public Knowledge is filing a challenge to the FCC’s action in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where we are confident that the FCC’s illegal and procedurally flawed action will be rejected.”
Congress now has 60 days to reverse the order.