The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filed a notice on Thursday announcing that the decision to abolish net neutrality rules will take effect exactly 30 days from this Friday, or June 11, thus extending the previous April 23 deadline. “Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for nearly 20 years will be restored,” Ajit Pai (pictured), chairman of the FCC, said in a statement released on Thursday.
The regulations, known as the net-neutrality rules were passed during the Obama presidency in order to prevent providers from blocking or slowing down internet content, or offer “fast lanes” to websites in exchange for money. However, in December last year the FCC voted along party lines to roll back the rules, claiming that the move restores “the long-standing, bipartisan approach” to the protection of online freedom,” while in February the agency ruled in favor of repealing net neutrality.
Meanwhile, 32 Democratic senators managed yesterday to force a full congressional vote to restore the net neutrality rules, which could happen at some point next week.