Repeal of 'net neutrality' Internet protections takes effect today

The Repeal of Net Neutrality Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You.

The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of its net neutrality rules officially takes effect Monday, but you shouldn't expect your internet experience to change immediately.

Now, they are free of a requirement to treat all web traffic equally and have only to be transparent about how they manage their networks, with any breaches of promises or uncompetitive behavior being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission rather than the telecom-focused FCC. Pai, who had been a commissioner when the rules were first approved, is a longtime critic of the policy. Meanwhile, at least 29 states have pending legislation that would require ISPs to uphold net neutrality rules, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. "The consumer is going to be protected and we preserve the incentive for companies to build out better, faster, and cheaper internet access". This year the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the FCC's decision on killing net neutrality, but this was seen as a largely symbolic victory. 22 states nationwide and D.C. have filed a protective petition for the order's review. He believes the repeal of net neutrality is bad news for most consumers, "Internet service providers, at their whim, can do pretty much whatever they want to you". But unlike with the issues of blocking or slowing access to internet services, they've been much less definitive on fast lanes.

Of course as he's done all along, FCC boss Ajit Pai is trying to paint a decidedly different picture of what the repeal actually does. "This was a loss for consumers and a mistake we have reversed", Pai wrote.

The FCC is nearly certain to challenge Washington as the agency asserted preemption, in which federal laws have precedent over state ones. The disclosures are essentially a get-out-of-jail-free card-the new FCC regime specifically allows ISPs to block, throttle, or prioritize content in exchange for payment as long as the ISPs disclose the fact that they're doing so. Some consumers fear a slower Internet and higher costs for broadband delivery.

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Others, including the governors of Montana and NY, used executive orders to force net neutrality.

"They will have the right to discriminate and favor the Internet traffic of those companies with whom they have pay-for-play arrangements and the right to consign all others to a slow and bumpy road", Rosenworcel added. If the only providers that can serve state governments are those that observe net neutrality, these states reason, then it could shape what services consumers are offered, too. The FCC action that goes into effect today returns the rules governing the Internet to the way they were before 2015, when the Internet grew and thrived. "President Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the internet".

Several internet providers made public pledges that they would not block or throttle sites once the rules were repealed. Thanks to the repeal, the FCC no longer has that authority. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a longtime network neutrality advocate and a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. The measure aims to restore the agency's net neutrality rules as if the repeal had never happened. In a dramatic video, she called on the House to save net neutrality in order to protect the "free and open" internet.

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