April 23 is the day net neutrality is set to die.
The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to repeal the Obama administration’s open internet rules is on track. The FCC voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality back in December, and on Thursday, the order, named Restoring Internet Freedom, was officially listed on the Federal Register.
Now it’s 60 days and counting until the 2015 net neutrality rules are officially, fully repealed.
The idea of net neutrality is all internet traffic is treated equally, but with the new order — spearheaded by FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s — internet service providers like Comcast or Verizon can pay for faster and better access. This has the potential to allow for big companies to pay for preferential (read: faster and more reliable) service.
But don’t despair yet. Now that the new order is posted, it opens the legal floodgates. Many lawsuits, from corporations and government officials alike, are challenging the new order. Before April 23, Congress could also come in and stop the repeal with a bill to block it. Sen. Ed Markey has the next 60 days to pass his bill through the Senate — it has 50 supporters and needs just one more vote to pass. But even if it does, the…
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