WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Landmark's "net neutrality" rules will expire on June 11, and new rules will give providers new power over consumer access to the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday the determination of the date.
The FCC raised in December the Obama era's Open Internet rules set in 2015, which block providers from slowing down or slowing down access to content or consumers for certain content.
The previous rules should ensure a free and open Internet, give consumers equal access to web content and prohibit broadband service providers from favoring their own or other material.
The new rules require Internet service providers to tell consumers whether to block or slow down content or offer paid "fast lanes".
Comcast Corp., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT & T Inc. have all pledged not to block or discriminate legal content after expiration of the network neutrality rules.
Reuters first reported the effective date of June 11, published Thursday in an FCC document.
Acting New York Justice Minister Barbara Underwood said "the removal of net neutrality would allow Internet service providers to put their profits before consumers and control what we see, do and say online."  A group of 22 states, led by New York and others, has filed suit to try to block the new rules, and the US Senate could vote next week to reject its lifting in December.
The revised rules were one Profits for Internet service providers whose practices face significant government oversight and FCC investigations commissioned by 2015, but from Internet companies such as Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc.
Some Internet providers have claimed they could eventually offer paid services fast tracks, also known as paid prioritization, for some future internet traffic.
The lifting of net neutrality is the latest common thread in a broader pattern of the Republican Trump administration that reverses the policies or achievements of the Democratic Obama administration, such as the Paris Climate Agreements and the nuclear deal with Iran.
Republican FCC leader Ajit Pai told reporters on Thursday that withdrawing the rules would not hurt consumers and bring the Internet back to the pre-2015 era. "The result will be better, faster, cheaper Internet access and the free and open Internet we've had for many, many years," he said.
"The agency has not listened to the American public and briefly shook its deep-seated belief that Internet openness should remain the law of the country," said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, on Thursday. "The FCC is on the wrong side of history, on the wrong side of the law and on the wrong side of the American people."
The US Senate will vote early next week on whether to reject the FCC's suspension of net neutrality rules, but this effort is facing a serious fight.
Supporters currently have support from 47 Democrats and the two independents, who unite with Democrats and Republican Senator Susan Collins. With republican senator John McCain's extended absence due to illness, advocates believe they will win at a 50-49 poll.
Senator Ed Markey said it was "likely" that the vote would take place in the middle of next week. On Wednesday, senators formally petitioned to force a net neutrality vote and a 10-hour debate under the Congressional Review Act.
Following the announcement of the FCC on Thursday, Markey wrote on Twitter: "The Senate must act NOW and make my decision to save the Internet as we know it."
If the Senate approves the measure, it would probably not pass by the Republicans -controlled House of Representatives. If the legislation passed the house, President Donald Trump would be expected to veto.
The FCC voted in December 3-2 to revise the rules of the Obama era that prevent service providers from blocking access to certain online content or slowing down access to certain online content, but according to government officials It would take months.
In February, a coalition of 22 Attorney Generals rejected legal action to prevent the lifting of net neutrality. A number of states have passed laws designed to discourage Internet service providers from giving up net neutrality.
Democrats have said that they believe the November issue will play a key role in the midterm elections in Congress, especially among younger Internet savvy voters.
Republicans have said that repealing the FCC would remove severe government regulations and encourage investment.
Reporting by David Shepardson