While they voted last December to repeal President Barack Obama‘s net neutrality ruling, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have officially published their vote in the Federal Register; with neutrality ending April 23, 2018.
Additionally, this vote is momentous as it ushers in the next phase of the fight over the future of the Internet; now permitting Internet service providers (ISPs) to block, impede or charge more for certain content they deem appropriate.
Consequently, consumers will now notice a difference in how websites, similar to Netflix and Facebook, operate (such as slowed connection); this compared to the sites of smaller businesses.
Furthermore, the deregulation allows companies like AT&T and Verizon to not only slow down sites; but also block apps and even charge content companies extra fees for priority access to consumers’ screens.
Moreover, the next step shows that Senate lawmakers in support have 60 legislative days to find on Republican willing to break ranks with his party and support the resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
While they already have 50 votes, including all Democratic senators and one Republican, they’ll need one more to pass the measure.
Consequently, 60 legislative days (not the same as calendar) is still a very short time for Congress to block the FCC’s repeal.
Additionally, should the lawmakers come to a vote in the House and is passed via the chamber, President Donald Trump will most likely not sign it.