Net neutrality repeal is officially on the books.
The FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom order was published in the Federal Registrar Thursday, giving the new regulations (or lack thereof) an effective date of April 23.
Between now and then, Congress can choose to pass legislation that overturns the FCC's overturning of the Obama-era net neutrality rules, but President Trump supports the new repeal and would not be expected to sign off on such legislation.
The publication of the FCC’s new order does, however, mean states and advocacy groups can now officially launch suits to stop it. Twenty-one states signed a petition in January declaring to sue, and the Internet Association, which represents Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and other tech companies, has also said it will support judicial and congressional means of getting the order thrown out.
Championed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and passed through the commission last December by a vote of 3-2, the new net rules lift regulations that barred internet providers from slowing down, restricting or prioritizing content of their choosing. Companies will, however, be required to disclose such “network management practices,” as they are referred to in the order.
"As we move forward, both the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission will continue to be vigorous cops on the beat," Pai said in a December video posted to YouTube, "making sure that internet service providers and others in the internet economy do the right thing by the public interest."