Net Neutrality Rules Are Official, Litigation To Ensue

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Well, it’s official: According to Reuters, the FCC’s Net neutrality rules have been published in the Federal Register. They'll finally go into effect on November 20th.

We knew this was coming and discussed it last week, but the Federal Register publication was the last official step toward launching the new rules. Net neutrality has been endlessly debated and hotly contested, to say the least, and the war will not end when the rules go into effect.

In fact, now that the rules are official, those opposed to them can now launch their respective legal challenges.

Not only are ISPs such as Verizon going to raise a ruckus, Republicans are expected to mount a challenge, as well. (The FCC’s 3-2 vote in favor of the rules was split down party lines, with the three Democrats voting in favor.) For politicians, the Net neutrality debate is a chance to duel over big government versus small government, as well as any other issues they can squeeze under this one umbrella.

This is not to mention the fact that even if there wasn’t a hurricane of litigation coming, the government would still need to police and enforce the new rules, which is no small task in and of itself.

In other words, the fight over Net neutrality is just beginning.
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RTietjens replied on Fri, Sep 23 2011 5:25 PM

I'm in favor of giving the FCC authority to arm their enforcers, and shoot Verizon's and other ISPs' executives on sight.

NOTE: The GOP is not against big government. They're against big government that isn't totally controlled by the GOP.

 

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Sep 24 2011 12:59 AM

Yeah RT I totally agree one thing everyone in the US needs to realize is that any republican or democrat as far as it looks is out for one thing which is your trust and your vote for nothing back I think the democratic party and the republican party should be expunged then they all have to run as independents period we might get an actual election then

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akumu replied on Sat, Sep 24 2011 4:08 PM

Hopefully the ISPs dont win out. Canada has its fair share of problems with big ISP and Cable providers doing whatever they want with little regard for whats best for the consumer.

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