Submitted by ub on Fri, 06/12/2015 - 20:36

The future is now. Net Neutrality may be here to stay. Back in February the Federal Communications Commission passed an Open Internet Order to reclassify broadband as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act.

This is the mechanism the agency uses to protect against throttling, blocking, and content fast lanes. Almost four months later, these new net neutrality protections have finally gone into effect.

Naysayer groups representing telecom companies were suing the FCC to dismantle the rules, claiming that since Title II was intended to govern phone service, it's not applicable to Internet providers. But a federal court decided that the rules could be implemented on schedule. That's not a judgement about the legality of using Title II, but the real deal should come at the end of the year but it means that the FCC can move forward for now.

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