Publication of Net Neutrality Rule Prompts Challenge by 24 States


Despite the FCC's decision, the issue of net neutrality is clearly not over, with its impact on IoT devices still to be seen.

In December the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overturned net neutrality rules instated under President Obama. The FCC was dead wrong to repeal rules that prevented discrimination just as Congress intended, and that rightly classified internet-access providers as common carriers under the law.

In addition, some individual states have either mandated or are considering their own net neutrality rules.

But net neutrality supporters still have a chance to turn things around. If legal challenges (like the one being conducted by the attorney general of New York) fail to halt the repeal, USA citizens will have to wait until 2020 to vote out Trump and install a new president who will be favorable toward the return of net neutrality.

The concept of net neutrality will continue to exist after the Restoring Internet Freedom Order goes into effect in April, but the FCC's ability to enforce it will be gone, as the new rule undoes the ISP classification and strips the FCC of its regulatory power over the companies.

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"Consumers and businesses in NY and across the country have the right to a free and open internet, and our coalition of attorneys general won't stop fighting to protect that right", he said.

Iowa's Attorney General Tom Miller and a coalition of 20 other state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges meant to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark rules created to ensure a free and open internet from taking effect. As such, they only need one Republican to rebel to bring down the plan. "The CRA is the clearest path to restore net neutrality protections that never should have been taken away in the first place".

Meanwhile, the California State Senate passed a bill that would preserve net neutrality protections, though legal experts warned such legislation is likely to be overturned in court because the FCC took steps to pre-empt state laws that would seek to regulate broadband service. This sounds great on the surface (who wouldn't want free data?), but it gives a huge advantage to the sites and services that the internet provider chooses to support.

Senate Democrats have also been pushing for a special congressional vote to block regulations from going into effect, but have so far been one vote short of overcoming the Republican majority.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat who supports net neutrality, said she's "both disappointed and hopeful".