The Federal Communications Commission released the final text of its repeal of the so-called "net neutrality" regulations.
The Republican-led agency voted in mid-December to undo the Internet regulations, which were adopted in 2015 under the Obama administration.
One of two Democratic commissioners for the agency, Mignon Clyburn, noted that the text of the "Restoring Internet Freedom" order was "finally" released on Thursday.
"Took almost 6,000 words for me to detail all that is wrong with this action," she said, along with a link to her written dissent.
Text of the @FCC majority’s #NetNeutrality repeal has finally been released. Took almost 6,000 words for me to detail all that is wrong with this action. Read my complete written dissent here: https://t.co/ZlEF3alRvD— Mignon Clyburn (@MClyburnFCC) January 4, 2018
The regulations were intended to ensure that Internet service providers treated all web content equally, preventing them from blocking, throttling, or interfering with web traffic by reclassifying broadband Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, long argued the 2015 FCC decision was an example of executive overreach and that net neutrality hurt Internet innovation. A new Republican majority under President Trump paved the way for the repeal, which was approved on a party-line vote.
The move has not been without controversy, as some 22 million public comments were submitted about the proposed repeal, many of which were in favor of keeping net neutrality.
Since the vote to repeal net neutrality, states have threatened to sue the agency and in some cases are planning their own net neutrality rules. Democrats are also looking to force debate on the matter in Congress and leverage the fierce backlash to the repeal in the 2018 midterm elections.
The repeal has yet to go into effect, pending approval from the Office of Management and Budget and publication in the Federal Register.