Net Neutrality Repeal Goes Into Effect

Net Neutrality Ends Today, But The Fight To Protect Internet Speeds Rages On

The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of the net neutrality rules took effect today, leaving broadband providers in most states free to censor sites and slow down apps. After an intense marketing and lobbying campaign, internet companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast convinced the FCC to allow them to slow or restrict access to certain websites. Opponents say this gives Internet providers the power to block competitors and new technologies.

It's official. The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality protections takes effect today. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has little reason to celebrate as critics are closely monitoring ISPs and other internet companies to see if they pull any stunts and abuse the laws for corporate benefits. OR has a net neutrality law that will go into effect later this year.

Since it is now legal for companies to speed up and slow down their services as they wish, customers could be forced to choose between an overall slower service or higher costs.

The net neutrality rules said companies had to treat all data equally.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you've heard about the impending death of net neutrality. Several states, including New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and California, have gone so far as to push legislation to enforce the principles of net neutrality within their borders.

Consumers aren't likely to see immediate changes following Monday, June 11, 2018 formal repeal of Obama-era internet rules that had ensured equal treatment for all.

"The Senate has voted to overturn the FCC order that killed off net neutrality", Doyle said.

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So net neutrality's path through Congress is an uphill battle, but some are still optimistic that net neutrality will win out in the end.

Q. What were the net neutrality rules?

The 2015 order subjected internet providers to strict regulations by the FCC, arguing consumers needed protection from internet provider practices and said internet providers could engage in "just and reasonable conduct". "Our goal is simple: better, faster, cheaper internet access for American consumers who are in control of their own online experience". In 2015, the FCC stripped the FTC - the nation's premier consumer protection agency - of its authority over internet service providers.

"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.

"I'm confident that our decision is the one that best vindicates consumers concerns going forward, and protects them in the Internet economy that we have, and promotes a stronger economy for them going forward", he said. 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.

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.

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