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So while the FCC's vote in December was in direct contradiction to the wishes of the majority of Americans, the publishing of that order means that action can really start to be taken.

Though students would still be able to access these services, it is unlikely they would be a priority for internet service providers when it comes to determining the access speed.

While the rule is published today, it doesn't take effect quite yet. This cascade of text is really just meant to communicate that the internet is not a public utility, that Title II doesn't apply, and that we're going back to how things were in 2015.

Net neutrality's backers point to the telecom industry's support as a sign that the repeal will be bad for consumers. The Senate is reportedly evenly split, with 50 votes in favor of reversing the action.

In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) returns to the light-touch regulatory scheme that enabled the internet to develop and thrive for almost two decades.

The lawsuit is filed by the Attorneys General of New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

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Several states already have laws that would enforce net neutrality, pending legislation. That happened today, and barring any intervention from Congress, net neutrality rules are kaput in two months.

Software company Mozilla announced on its blog Thursday morning that it had re-filed its suit.

There is no doubt that intense debates and legal battles will ensue over the order and there are strong opinions and feelings on both sides of the Net Neutrality argument. Other court challenges are expected against the agency's rule.

Now that the rules have been published, said Consumers Union senior policy counsel Jonathan Schwantes, "we urge senators to listen to the consumers they represent and vote to restore these critical Net-neutrality rules to ensure that Internet service providers aren't the gatekeepers to the Internet". Instead, net neutrality holds that all online traffic should be treated equally.

Under net neutrality, internet service providers must allow equal access to web content, regardless of the source. But state attorneys general, along with the Federal Trade Commission, provide plenty of consumer protections under the new regulations, he says.

On the other side, technology firms including Google's parent company Alphabet Inc and Facebook have thrown their weight behind the congressional bid to reverse the net neutrality repeal.