Net Neutrality repeal effective starting on April 23

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Once it goes into effect, the FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" will undo an Obama-era regulation that allowed the FCC to enforce net neutrality-a principle that required internet service providers not to discriminate against data.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) previously had rules enforcing net neutrality, but they repealed those rules in December. So those 60 days start now.

But it may not be the end of the story, as dozens of groups are expected to file lawsuits challenging the repeal, and Democrats in Congress push to reverse the FCC's action.

Late past year, the Republican-led FCC with its 3-2 vote to remove Obama-era prohibitions on blocking web traffic, slowing it or demanding payment for faster passage via their networks. Because of possible data caps enforced by the internet service providers, students may have a more hard time accessing cloud software. The order reclassified the Internet as an "information service", compared to the agency's 2015 net neutrality order, which regulated the Internet as a public monopoly. The repeal can't take effect until the Office of Management and Budget completes a review of the change. Twenty-two state attorneys general and the District of Columbia also joined the legal battle.

But it should be noted that at the moment, the net neutrality rules still apply in the United States, despite the FCC vote. But governors in Vermont, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey and NY have signed orders pledging to only do business with internet providers that abide by net neutrality rules. 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.

Perhaps the best chance for net neutrality advocates is enacting legislation protecting net neutrality on the state level.

Ending net neutrality could end the internet as we know it. "Either way, our coalition of AGs is taking the FCC to court to challenge its illegal rollback of net neutrality".

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