(Brian Fung) The Federal Communications Commission has finally published its full net neutrality rules on its Web site. And they’re not for the faint of heart. Together with the dissents from the agency’s Republican commissioners, the document adds up to 400 pages.
The release of the rules comes two weeks after the FCC voted to approve them in a historic, polarized vote at the commission. Now begins the next chapter in the story. Expect Internet providers to comb through the publication, probing the rules for legal weaknesses they can take to court.
The FCC’s net neutrality order seeks to prevent Internet providers from blocking Web traffic, slowing it down or setting up paid fast lanes. It reflects a year’s worth of intense lobbying by carriers and Web companies — not to mention the public, whose 4 million written comments to the FCC helped convince the agency to adopt far more aggressive regulations.
“That public input has created a robust record, enabling the Commission to adopt new rules that are clear and sustainable,” the FCC writes in the order.
Internet providers vowed to press for other alternatives.
“We are confident the issue will be resolved by bipartisan action by Congress or a future FCC, or by the courts,” said AT&T in a statement Thursday.