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Internet Competition Rules To Be Published Friday

September 23, 2011

Controversial federal rules targeting anticompetitive behavior online are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register Friday, clearing the way for them to go into effect in November.

The Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality regulations were passed last December, and are designed to prohibit Internet companies from blocking or hindering competing companies online.

The rules will take effect on Nov. 20. Once published, the rules can be legally challenged. Verizon has already sued to block the rules but a court said the company had acted prematurely.

The House has also already voted to overturn the rules, and on Thursday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., called on the Senate to do likewise.

"Net neutrality is a net loser," she said in a statement. "These regulations were approved last December and the FCC has been slow-walking them to avoid the lawsuits that are certain to be filed. It is just another example of a federal agency defying the will of the people."

Public advocacy groups, meanwhile, praised the rules while vowing to fight for even stronger measures.

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