Two weeks after approving sweeping net-neutrality regulations, the Federal Communications Commission has finally made those rules public.
The full document is 400 pages long, although that includes statements from the five commissioners, as well as legal and policy analysis by the FCC staff. The actual rules themselves take up only eight pages.
The FCC had already publicly outlined the main elements of the regulations, but advocates on all sides of the debate have been eagerly awaiting the actual text in order to pick apart the details. Lawyers for the broadband industry in particular have been waiting to see the FCC's language so they can begin preparing their lawsuits. The major providers, like Comcast and AT&T, have all said they expect a flurry of litigation (although no company has actually committed to suing yet).
The White House's Office of Management and Budget will have to sign off on certain elements of the regulations, which will then be published in the Federal Register. They officially go into effect 60 days after that.
The rules are designed to prevent Internet providers from acting as "gatekeepers" and controlling what information people can access online. The regulations bar providers from blocking online content, selectively slowing down any traffic, or creating any special "fast lanes" for sites that pay more. The rules apply to Internet connections both at home and on mobile devices.