FCC officials have posted the Rules of Net Neutrality, setting up a legal showdown between providers and the federal government over government regulation.
FCC has officially posted Net Neutrality Rules to the Federal Register, making the new rules, set to go into effect on June 11th official unless they’re fought in court. However, cable companies, cellular companies, and Internet Service Providers as a whole are all jumping into the battle that will be taking place at the federal level to remove the regulation that the government has placed on blocking or regulating Internet traffic. The vote went 3-2 in favor of enforcing new rules that would completely reclassify the Internet as a Title II service. However, the fight was expected to be a hard-hitting battle heading into the summer when the regulations were expected to begin.
The broadband providers association already has set a review into motion; however, it is not expected to have the same impact as legal action from those who will undoubtedly have to serve out the regulation that will cost providers money, and oversight that they do not wish to have levied on them. The big problem that the government will be taking a heavier handed approach to handling the more than 700 rules that previously existed in the industry as a whole. These rules though were, in many ways, unwritten rules that previously were just assumed.
This though is something that was set up by previously set rules that were thrown out in 2014. The companies argued that the new rules that were set into place earlier in 2014 weren’t legal because the setup didn’t consider Internet service as a Title II service. That is why the FCC went ahead and voted to reclassify Internet as a Title II service after President Obama voiced concern in the fall that it should be classified as such. He pointed out that the Internet is a crucial service that really plays a major role in daily life.
However, the lawsuits that are coming will be fast and furious. Companies like Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, and AT&T are all expected to come with lawsuits that will tackle the roots of the rules that will provide greater regulation on something that these companies want to keep unregulated for as long as possible.