Catch up on the net neutrality vote

These are strange times: I’m agreeing with someone from the Cato Institute.

A lot happened during the FCC vote, so here’s a quick overview.

Did the Internet die? No.

What happened? The FCC had its monthly meeting. The commissioners voted 3–2 in favor of repealing Title II classification of internet service providers. The main changes involve paid prioritization of Internet traffic, enforcement of privacy rules, and oversight of how network and content providers negotiate connections between each other.

I want some context. Read this article by the Christian Science Monitor. It’s better than anything I can write.

What’s going to happen immediately? Not much, to be honest. The rule goes into effect 60 days after it’s published in the Federal Register. However, there will administrative law challenges from interest groups, along with debates over the validity of the FCC’s rulemaking itself. State attorneys general are also challenging.

The New York Times has the full catalogue of everything that could happen over the next few years.

What should I be worried about? I believe you should be less worried about the Internet ending (it’s not going to die any time soon). My short-term concerns are about process: potential technical inaccuracies in the FCC’s justification for rule-making and poor handling of fraudulent comments.