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Net neutrality repeal set to take effect June 11

The Federal Communications Commission said May 10 that the order repealing the U.S. agency's net neutrality rules will officially go into effect June 11.

The FCC order reclassified broadband as a Title I service under the Communications Act, versus the Title II classification that was adopted in 2015 under the prior Democratic administration. The agency has less regulatory power over Title I services, meaning that it cannot impose tariffs or set rate regulations over internet service providers under the new classification. In addition, the order also eliminated the FCC's net neutrality rules, which prohibited network operators from blocking or throttling legal internet traffic or prioritizing certain traffic in exchange for payment.

In a statement about the upcoming effective date, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said, "I strongly support a free and open internet. And that's exactly what we've had for decades." He said the repeal of the previous Title II order would return the FCC to the "light-touch" regulatory approach that was in place prior to 2015.

The new Title I order had previously been set to generally become effective April 23, but it was not approved by the Office of Management and Budget in time. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, federal agencies obtain OMB approval before requesting or collecting most types of information, and the Title I order includes some modified information collection requirements.

According to the FCC, the OMB approved the rule change on May 2, and the FCC set June 11 as the effective date of the new framework to give providers time to comply with the new requirements.