Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Net neutrality rules are repealed. Here's what could happen next

The Federal Communications Commission rollback of net neutrality went into effect today. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai championed the move while commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel opposed MoreCloseclosemore
Ginger Lawrence | 12 June, 2018, 03:30

What's more, internet advocates have always been concerned that if broadband providers are able to create so-called fast lanes to particular sites and services, they will in effect slow down traffic to all other locations on the internet.

The FCC changes were passed last December, shepherded by Trump-appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who says the new lighter-touch rules are more market-friendly than the "utility-style regulation" in the Obama-era.

Net neutrality was repealed past year under an order called the "Restoring Internet Freedom" order.

Net neutrality ended six months after the FCC voted to scrub the previous rules, despite widespread public opposition to the decision. "In 2015, the FCC stripped the FTC-the nation's premier consumer protection agency- of its authority over internet service providers". In other words, no speeding up, slowing down or blocking specific websites or online services.

Over 20 states have joined the fight by banning together in a lawsuit to reverse the net neutrality repeal. Under the new policy, a violation might occur when regulators find out that an Internet provider has been blocking websites without saying so. He has argued that the regulations are too restrictive on businesses and discourage them from investing in network upgrades that could make your Internet service faster and better. But other tech companies and many content providers support a neutral internet. On Thursday, with the official repeal date looming, dozens of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the issue. The ISPs are essentially breaking that contract with the users when they start picking and choosing which services to deliver at normal speed. If companies like Comcast and AT&T can charge more for "internet packages" the same way they charge different prices for cable TV packages, Schaub said people who are already struggling to pay their bills may suffer.

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The net neutrality rules were approved by the FCC in 2015 amid an outpouring of online support.

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

Another misleading ISP claim is that they want to get rid of Title II, and not net neutrality rules in general.

Pai also called the new course of action a "tremendous bipartisan success" and noted that the rules were "especially harmful for smaller internet service providers who didn't have the means to withstand a regulatory onslaught". Some states, like New Jersey, Washington, and California, have been actively working on state laws that would keep net neutrality alive within their jurisdictions. The more realistic goal of the act is to put pressure on Republicans ahead of the 2020 elections - only changes in leadership are likely to have an effect on U.S.net neutrality rules. ISPs aren't idiots. However, this repeal would definitely end up in some big problems, especially slow internet access for many.