Friday, 17 August, 2018

Net neutrality rules are now repealed: What it means

Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled The Repeal of Net Neutrality Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You.
Olivia Ford | 13 June, 2018, 03:42

More than 20 states sued the government to stop the repeal, as did the public-interest group Free Press and the think tank Open Technology Institute and Firefox browser maker Mozilla. But what is net neutrality, and what does its repeal mean for you? That's why the rules are only expiring just now.

Under the rules, internet service providers were required to treat all online content the same. 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".

Why is net neutrality such a big deal?

With the end of net neutrality, Broadband providers insist they won't do anything that harms the "internet experience" for consumers. Under the new policy, a violation might occur when regulators find out that an Internet provider has been blocking websites without saying so. The rule stipulates that every ISP must clearly disclose their practices to consumers and that the Federal Trade Commission will regulate any ISP that imposes unfair or deceptive practices.

While the now-defunct net neutrality rules didn't specifically address interchange disputes, they did give the FCC broad latitude to oversee the "general conduct" of broadband providers to determine if the companies were being anticompetitive or interfering with customers' ability to access internet sites and services. ISPs usually offer zero-rating plans to promote a particular service that they own or have a stake in.

The blocking and slowing of websites gets much of the attention in the net neutrality debate.

Even though net neutrality is dead, don't expect to see immediate changes, said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, a digital rights advocacy group.

Unlimited data could soon be a thing of the past.

There is also 5G internet being rolled out later this year that will bring new wireless home internet options.

However, in the op-ed Pai does not defend against any of the common arguments for Net Neutrality. Supporters of the resolution could overcome that with a discharge petition that forces a floor vote on the resolution, but the petition still lacks the 218 necessary votes to proceed. She is now the only Democratic commissioner left on the FCC, which has been reshaped under President Donald Trump. Thanks to the repeal, the FCC no longer has that authority.

Internet providers could choose to prioritize their own content and services over those of rivals.

"Those "fast lanes" will put those who won't or can not pay in the slow lane, making the internet look a lot like cable TV", Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and a staunch supporter of net neutrality, told CNNMoney.

Should the CRA reversal fail, the next best option rests with the courts and the numerous lawsuits that have been filed against the FCC for ignoring the public interest. Governors in five states-Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont-have signed executive orders similar to Oregon's law covering service to the states.

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