FCC’s new Net Neutrality regulations published to Federal Register

FCC’s new Net Neutrality regulations published to Federal Register

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s new Net Neutrality regulations - referred to as the Open Internet Order – were published to the Federal Register over this past weekend. The effective publication date of the new rules in the Federal Register is Monday, April 13; with the date on which the rules will come into effect being June 12.

The publication of the new Net Neutrality rules to the Federal Register – which is the daily journal of US government actions – heightens the possibility that broadband firms opposing the rules would file lawsuits to prevent the implementation of the rules.

The new Net Neutrality rules were passed by the FCC, in a 3-2 vote, on February 26; and the Open Internet Order by the agency was released in March. The agency had said, in March, that the new order will take effect within a period of 60 days of its publication in the Federal Register.

Under the new regulations, broadband will be re-classified as a regulated public utility service in accordance with Title II of the Communications Act. The reclassification of broadband will essentially bar providers from selectively blocking or throttling Web traffic or offering paid prioritization.

The new regulations are applicable to fixed as well as mobile broadband Internet access services. The rules are aimed at regulating both services on the lines of traditional telephone firms, which are required to charge “just and reasonable” rates for delivery of service and interconnect with one another.

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