A few weeks after the FCC voted to undo Title II protections for net neutrality, it has released the final text of its "Restoring Internet Freedom Order." That includes the contained arguments for why chairman Ajit Pai and two other commissioners believe the existing rules were harmful and absolutely must go, as well as dissenting opinions from commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel. Among the items addressed, it includes a note claiming that "identical or nearly-identical non-substantive comments
that simply convey support or opposition" did not impact the commission
If you've been paying attention to the debate then you'll be familiar with the various sides, but the 539-page document's release sets the stage for the next step: hearings, lawsuits, attempts by states and cities to establish their own rules, and attempts by Congress to firm up the rules in one way or another. Chairman Pai won't speak at CES next week, reportedly due to death threats, so if you'd like more information on why he pushed through such an unpopular decision, then for now this is the only way.
The @FCC just released the text of its decision rolling back #NetNeutrality. https://t.co/bA0O2dmmwb— Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) January 4, 2018
Warning: it's not good. But we're going to fight. And we won't stop until internet openness is the law of the land. My statement below: pic.twitter.com/8ZMLLuHlJA
Text of the @FCC majority's #NetNeutrality repeal has finally been released. Took almost 6,000 words for me to detail all that is wrong with this action. Read my complete written dissent here: https://t.co/ZlEF3alRvD— Mignon Clyburn (@MClyburnFCC) January 4, 2018