Net neutrality officially ends today

12 June, 2018, 05:45 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • The Federal Communications Commission rollback of net neutrality went into effect today. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai championed the move while commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel opposed

How could the net neutrality repeal affect you? That means no speeding up or slowing down connection speeds, and no blocking of specific websites.

Martin said broadband providers probably won't mess with existing services like Netflix, as that could alienate consumers.

However, it's possible that access could slow anyway. The slowdown was only fixed after Netflix agreed to pay for the upgrades.

"Poll after poll after poll after poll shows large majorities of Republican voters in opposition to the FCC's repeal", Karr pointed out. But it will be much harder for it to reach the floor of the House.

For now, no. But that could change in the future.

"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.

Many also feared that without the net neutrality rules in place, the ISPs could start offering its customers "service packages", which would splinter the internet.

Another misleading ISP claim is that they want to get rid of Title II, and not net neutrality rules in general. "And in the medium- to long-term, I think we're going to see more investment in high-speed networks, particularly in rural areas that are hard to serve. Ever", Bob Quinn, AT&T's senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs, said in the February blog post. However, Congress can still pass a law to simply reverse the repeal or even improve on the previous net neutrality rules.

"That is not the open internet we know today and rely on to consume and create".

Yet, some fear it's also possible internet providers will one day effectively charge customers more to access services like Netflix that are now included as part of your monthly bill.

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ISPs will have to disclose changes they make because of deregulation.

Net neutrality has overwhelming public support, noted industry experts. Under the new policy, a violation might occur when regulators find out that an Internet provider has been blocking websites without saying so. So, the broadband providers are likely to move cautiously. Deregulation could potentially change what you can access on the internet. "They're slightly smarter than that".

Whether or not that's been the case, now there's no question that they are allowed to do exactly that.

Zero-rating programs weren't specifically barred under the now-defunct net neutrality protections.

Ajit Pai, who chairs the FCC, was known to oppose net neutrality and in the past had said it was a brake on innovation.

"We need a referee on the field who can throw a flag", former FCC Chairman and Obama appointee Tom Wheeler said at MIT during a panel discussion in support of rules like those he championed.

Do the states have any say about this?

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Other states, including New York, Vermont, and Montana, are using executive orders and various other means of reinstating net neutrality, but at the moment, Washington is the only state to pass a bill protecting it. OR passed similiar legislation, but it won't go into effect until next year, as Motherboard reports.

A collection of advocacy groups has called for "mass online actions" on June 11 to once again call attention to the issue and pressure Congress to act. But those rules don't cover every provider in those states, just those that do business with those states' governments. Several states including NY and Washington, have passed regulations that impose net neutrality on a local level.

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