Net neutrality rules are dead, but fight lives on

12 June, 2018, 03:33 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • ImageSenator Charles Schumer the minority leader has opposed the repeal of net neutrality

The objective of the net neutrality rules has been primarily to stop discrimination from internet service providers (ISPs) against both large and small websites based on the type of content they serve. To commemorate the occasion, FCC chairman Ajit Pai - the man mainly responsible for the repeal of Net Neutrality - penned an op-ed piece for CNET in which he champions the dissolution of internet regulations. "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it". That order has now gone into effect, which means the net neutrality rules have been canceled. 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.

For now, broadband providers insist they won't do anything that would harm the "internet experience" for consumers.

Most notably, the repeal removes the Title II classification of broadband internet that put it in line with essential utilities like electricity. "Democrats are fighting in the courts and in the Congress to protect Americans' interests and restore these vital protections, and we will continue to demand a vote on Congressman Mike Doyle's resolution to force a vote to restore net neutrality". Though whether anything will change depends on where you live, and what internet service providers choose to do with their newfound freedom.

The repeal effectively narrows what the federal government would consider a net neutrality violation.

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Pai told CBS that he doesn't believe regulating the internet in the same way phone networks are regulated is the best way to achieve the goal of a "free and open" internet. The second concern for users is the bundling of services.

Pai's FCC has eliminated rules that prohibited Internet service providers from blocking or throttling lawful Internet traffic. 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. But if they start filing lawsuits, we'll know they're full of shit.

E-commerce start-ups have feared that they could end up on the losing end of paid prioritization, with their websites and services loading more slowly than those run by internet behemoths.

Several states are rushing to pass new net neutrality laws to replace the FCC rules. According to the National Council of State Legislatures, governors in six states - New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Hawaii - have signed executive orders upholding net neutrality, and three - Washington, Vermont and OR - have enacted legislation that does so. In his view, removing the rule will open the floodgates to corporate investment, ultimately providing faster and more widespread internet access. Some states, like New Jersey, Washington, and California, have been actively working on state laws that would keep net neutrality alive within their jurisdictions.

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