The End of Net Neutrality? Not So Fast
The commission must still finalize the wording of the order to repeal net neutrality rules and then it must obtain approval from both the Office of Management and Budget and Government Accountability Office
December 18, 2017
WASHINGTON — On Dec. 14, the FCC voted three to two to repeal net neutrality rules in an expected move that created some dramatic headlines. However, some industry insiders warned against performing any autopsies on neutrality prematurely. Efforts are under way already, at both the state and local levels, to fight the roll-back net neutrality rules. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he would lead a multistate lawsuit against the agency to preserve the rules.
Wireless carriers celebrated the vote, which will help them “compete more effectively with companies such as Facebook and Google in the ever-growing market of digital advertising,” according to fiercewireless.com.
The commission must still finalize the wording of the order to repeal net neutrality rules and then it must obtain approval from both the Office of Management and Budget and the Government Accountability Office. Even then the order won’t take effect for 60 days after all of that — probably in the second quarter of 2018.
“There will be plenty of lawsuits attempting to put the protections back in place, so this is not over,” said Michael Fauscette, a former IDC analyst and chief research officer at the software review website G2 Crowd, quoted in the same article. Net neutrality rules could easily be reestablished if and when a new administration takes control of the White House.