Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled

Net neutrality ends this Monday June 11th motion to keep it alive could die in the House It's 4th and 40 for net neutrality supporters in Congress as House is short of the votes needed to bring up the CRA motion
Ginger Lawrence | 12 June, 2018, 02:04

The Federal Communications Commission's rules preventing Internet service providers from blocking or slowing legal traffic, or charging for faster delivery of some content, passed with much fanfare in 2015, are history as of Monday. "But then in 2015, the FCC chose a different course". Violations of their promises - or behaviors that threaten competition or consumers - now fall under the watch of the Federal Trade Commission, not the telecom-focused FCC.

Supporters of net neutrality are concerned that without it, we could lose access to a free and open internet.

But consumer advocacy groups have been less than optimistic. Without net neutrality, large phone and cable companies will control the future of communications, deciding who gets a voice and who doesn't. Many Internet providers, such as AT&T and Verizon, have said they do not and will not block or slow content. Comcast has also said it does not block or slow content and has no plans to offer paid prioritization. As part of this effort, more than 16.5 million pro-net neutrality emails have been sent to Congress.

With the end of net neutrality, Broadband providers insist they won't do anything that harms the "internet experience" for consumers.

Internet providers could choose to prioritize their own content and services over those of rivals.

In practice, individuals will likely end up paying for better service, and companies and websites will pay for their content to load more quickly.

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"Those "fast lanes" will put those who won't or can not pay in the slow lane, making the internet look a lot like cable TV", Sohn says.

The repeal could also change how customers are billed for services, both for good and bad. If you're a fan of Netflix, for example, net neutrality holds that you should be able to watch its shows without running into impediments your ISP puts up that are created to push you toward a competing service, such as Hulu.

Net neutrality is the basic principle that all internet traffic should be be treated equally. Initially, this might be viewed as a positive by consumers looking to save money on their streaming media. Under Pai's model, the FCC has been gutted of most of its authority over broadband providers, ceding any remaining authority to an FTC legal experts repeatedly say lacks the ability to actually take any meaningful action.

Is there a chance the repeal is, well, repealed?

Almost two dozen states and several companies have sued the government to try and preserve the rules. However, the bill has yet to be voted on in the House. Even if it succeeds, President Donald Trump is not expected to sign it.

Why was net neutrality repealed?

Well, guess what: they've finally, actually killed net neutrality.

The FCC's approval of those rules was the result of a decadelong fight on behalf of the public - and against the forces of special interests that spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lawyers, public relations firms, lobbyists and campaign contributions in their quest to take over the internet.