There’s already a conspiracy theory brewing over net neutrality

Why won’t they release the rules?!?!

It’s been less than 24 hours since the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve strict new regulations on Internet providers, but that’s the leading question coming from its critics.

Conservatives are demanding that the FCC release a full copy of the regulations that it’s planning to impose on companies such as Comcast and Verizon — and taking the agency’s silence as evidence of a cover-up. Readers of an FCC blog post have suspiciously mused that “these new regulations should have been published by now.” It’s much the same over on Twitter.

Let’s stop this nonsense right here. It’s a stretch to think the FCC is withholding anything. While it was certainly within FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s power to release his draft proposal before it came to a vote, the regulations now must go through a formal process before they become official. And say what you will about bureaucratic inefficiency, but that’s the chief reason the FCC won’t be releasing the rules for some time.

Not even Internet providers, who are generally frustrated by the content of the rules, are all that outraged about the delay. They’re going to see the document, sooner or later. And they’ll still likely sue to have them overturned.

“This is one more step in the swamp — there’s much more of a slog to come,” said one wireless industry official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak more freely.

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