Remember back on April 23, when we were seeing a bunch of news stories claiming that Ajit Pai’s repeal of the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules was going into effect that day? And we told you that those stories were getting the date wrong?
No? Well, that’s understandable, given all the other threats to basic human rights in the Trump era.
In the grand scheme of things, we’ve known that the rules were in danger from day one of the Trump administration and the beginning of Pai’s tenure as FCC chairman. So we do sweat the details, but we’ve understood that under Pai’s (terrible) leadership the FCC wouldn’t lift a finger to protect the open internet.
We now have a final effective date for the FCC’s repeal, and it’s June 11. All of the bureaucratic i’s have been dotted, and the bureaucratic t’s have been crossed, and that’s when the rules on the books will indeed change.
That’s not the real story here.
The real story is the continuing and growing momentum to restore the open-internet protections we all need. Yesterday the internet went on red alert as activists, companies and advocacy groups urged Congress to overturn the FCC’s bad decision and put the rules back in place under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
Millions of people have made their voices heard in Congress, at the FCC, and in the streets, calling for restoration of these strong rules. And Free Press and others have taken the FCC to court too, suing to overturn the agency’s bad decision.
For now, the Net Neutrality rules will disappear from the code of federal regulations on June 11.
We’ll be doing everything we can — with your help — to make sure these protections return soon.