FCC Moves Forward With Net Neutrality Rules

Jul 10, 2011 6:00 AM PST

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission took the next step in making its net neutrality rules official by registering them this week with the Office of Management and Budget.

A 30-day comment period is underway and once the rules are published in the Federal Register and the Office of Management and Budget gives the green light, the new rules will take effect in 60 days, CNET reports.

The FCC adopted these net neutrality regulations last December, creating different rules that apply to two classes of service that include fixed broadband networks and wireless networks.

The rules prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against any types of content by slowing it down or blocking access.

There has been much debate on this topic. Verizon Communications sued the FCC claiming the agency overstepped its authority. But the case was dismissed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said the lawsuit was premature.

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