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02/05/2018

Sources: FCC Sends Net Neutrality Order to Hill

The FCC Republicans' net neutrality rollback has left the building, but just what that means is an issue for debate.

The FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom order net neutrality rule rollback has been delivered to the Senate andthe House, according to FCC and Hill sources

What is less clear is what that means in terms of the timing of the rules' effective date or challenges to the rules from the Hill.

According to Hill sources, the clock will actually not start on the Senate's effort to expedite nullification via a Congressional Review Act resolution--the Senate has 60 legislative days to do so--until publication in the Federal Register, which could take months, as it did under FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski for the 2010 Open Internet order.

A source in the office of Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who is pushing the Senate CRA effort, confirmed that that the rules had been delivered, but also that the CRA process does not start until three things happen, 1) the rules are sent to the Senate, 2) to the House, and 3) published in the Register (one Hill source said it might have also gone to the House). But still not exactly clear was whether incomplete publication triggered the Hill effort to nullify the entire order.

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