By Brendan Sasso - 09/19/11 03:22 PM EDT
The Federal Communications Commission sent its net neutrality rules Friday to the Federal Register for publication.
The Federal Register typically takes one to three weeks to publish regulations after receiving them. The rules will take effect 60 days after publication.
Net-neutrality rules prevent Internet service providers (ISP) from discriminating between two similar content providers by slowing down or speeding up access to their sites. Wireless carriers are banned from blocking lawful websites or applications that compete with their services.
The commission approved the rules last December in a partisan vote. Republicans were quick to characterize the move as the FCC's attempt to regulate the Internet. Supporters argue without such rules, ISPs will dictate what content reaches users.