A federal court today refused the broadband industry’s request to delay implementation of a key part of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality order.
The full order will thus take effect tomorrow on schedule, unless Republicans in Congress somehow are able to stop it within the next few hours.
Trade groups representing cable companies, telcos, and wireless carriers had petitioned for a stay of the FCC’s decision to reclassify the providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. The stay, if granted, would have left in place basic net neutrality rules that forbid blocking or discrimination against traffic. But it would have halted the reclassification and related rules governing Internet providers’ behavior until the trade groups’ appeal of the order is decided.
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