Net neutrality ends today

Net neutrality ends today

Although the FCC's repeal takes effect Monday, it's not the end of the road for net neutrality. "They are not concerned that Internet service providers are going to block access to lawful content".

What's more, internet advocates have always been concerned that if broadband providers are able to create so-called fast lanes to particular sites and services, they will in effect slow down traffic to all other locations on the internet.

To announce the repeal of net neutrality protections and the new "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" taking effect on Monday, Ajit Pai wrote an op-ed today repeating what he has already said in the past: Title II classification was heavy-handed; FTC should be responsible for consumer protections, and that the system fine worked for decades before these new protections came into place.

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

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.

"Our goal is simple: better, faster, cheaper internet access for American consumers who are in control of their own online experience", Pai concludes, a sentence that's wrong on several different levels.

E-commerce startups have feared that they could end up on the losing end of paid prioritization, with their websites and services loading more slowly than those run by internet behemoths. Despite winning Republican votes in the Senate, the bill will have a hard time making it to the House floor.

But consumer advocates say that the repeal is just pandering to big business and that cable and phone giants will now be free to block access to services they don't like.

The Obama Era laws protecting net neutrality are finally gone. According to Wired, Comcast, the nation's largest broadband provider, is momentarily forbidden from violating net neutrality rules under the terms of the government's approval of its 2011 acquisition of NBC Universal.

The Federal Trade Commission will be able to investigate if internet providers engage in anticompetitive behavior.

It is unlikely that ISPs and other internet companies will try anything drastic as the fight to undo the repeal is still ongoing, and critics are monitoring the situation closely. However, Congress can still pass a law to simply reverse the repeal or even improve on the previous net neutrality rules.

Pai was also interviewed on CBS and denied that ISPs are likely to violate net neutrality principles despite the past examples of Comcast throttling BitTorrent and AT&T blocking FaceTime.

The FTC would theoretically file lawsuits against ISPs that make net neutrality promises and then break them. 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.

On May 16, the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold only a narrow majority, voted 52 to 47 to overturn the decision by the FCC - which is now composed of three Republicans and Rosenworcel.

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