In a February 22 release, the agency sent out "final notice" that Obama-era rules governing equal distribution of the internet will be repealed in 60 days.
The FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order and Breitbart News's Allum Bokhari argued that, under net neutrality, content providers such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter have censored the Internet, stifled conservative and alternative voices, and served as a greater threat to free speech compared to ISPs.
The repeal effort was cheered by the telecom industry, but protested by the tech industry and consumer advocacy groups.
As reported by Engadget, in the coming months the attorney general of NY is slated to sue the FCC over the repeal of net neutrality with more states and advocacy groups to follow suit.
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The Republican-led FCC in December voted 3-2 to overturn rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content on the internet. But it is considered highly unpopular among consumers across the aisle, with 83 percent of Americans opposing the deregulation in a recent survey.
Sources tell Reuters that with Ajit Pai's agency having completed the finishing touches on its repeal, the publication should finally happen this week. U.S. Senate Democrats have the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber for repeal, leaving them just one vote short of a majority.
As it now stands net neutrality ensures that internet providers won't be able to block or limit access to content by offering paid workarounds.
To that end, net neutrality advocates and technology companies, including Medium, Tumblr, Etsy, Github, and Vimeo, among others, are planning a day of mass online protest on February 27, similar to a previous net neutrality "day of action" during which companies like Netflix, Twitter, and Reddit embedded messages of support for net neutrality into their websites and apps.
Separately, governors in five states - Montana, New Jersey, New York, Hawaii, and Vermont - have passed Executive Orders requiring any ISP with a state contract to adhere to net neutrality.