Net Neutrality Repeal Goes Into Effect

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

Before the FCC passed the net neutrality rules in 2015, there were already reports that Verizon and Comcast were slowing down Netflix, YouTube, and other services.

Pai's primary defense of the FCC's new lax rules on ISPs is the "transparency rule", which requires ISPs to notify consumers of any policies that violate previous Net Neutrality guidelines.

"Under the Federal Communications Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which takes effect Monday, the internet will be just such an open platform". "People start to understand, these are protections for consumers that no longer exist".

"We've empowered the FTC to take action against any company that might act in any competitive way", Pai said.

The original rules laid out a regulatory plan that addressed a rapidly changing internet.

Without Net Neutrality, internet providers can pick and choose which sites they grant access to and at which speeds, opening the door to censorship.

What's Everyone so Worried About? For example, an ISP could charge a base fee for basic internet, and $5 extra for a social media package that includes Facebook and Twitter, or a $10 entertainment package that bundles in streaming music as well. They can also set up "fast lanes" for preferred services - in turn, relegating everyone else to "slow lanes". From school teachers to small business owners, everyone who approached him seemed on board.

That may sound annoying for Netflix users, but it's easy to imagine farther-reaching consequences given the ubiquity of the internet, which now functions more like electricity than an information service. Remote workers of all kinds, including freelancers and franchisees in the so-called gig economy, could similarly face higher costs to do their jobs from home. The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the rules back in December amid backlash from open internet activists and big tech companies. Almost two dozen states and several companies have sued the government to try and preserve the rules.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you've heard about the impending death of net neutrality.

OR also enacted a net neutrality law, signed in April and that goes into action in 2019, but it only restricts state agencies and other public bodies from contracting with network providers that don't meet non-discriminatory provisions. Dozens of other states are considering similar measures.

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During a speech at Mobile World Congress this year, Pai addressed attendees and gave a concise explanation of why he was against net neutrality.

As of today, the end of net neutrality is official. "President Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the internet".

The way the internet is regulated in the USA is about to change. "Network investment topped $1.5 trillion", he wrote. "We still don't and won't block, throttle or discriminate against lawful content".

In 2015, the Title II Order reclassified the internet as a telecommunications service, which is regulated like a public utility.

A group of 22 states sued the FCC over the repeal. While it's believed the bill will die in the House, given its Republican majority, it's still worth fighting for. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a longtime network neutrality advocate and a member of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Still, others cheered the rollback.

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

Perhaps the repeal won't change the direction of the internet.

Two states, OR and Washington, have passed net neutrality laws and 29 states are considering legislation, which could lead to new legal battles over Internet laws.

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