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Net Neutrality Repeal Ends Chances of Regulations

Net Neutrality Repeal Ends Chances of Regulations

The federal government starts rolling back net neutrality rules today.

Under the new rules, the Federal Trade Commission will be the agency to handle complaints about broadband privacy and unfair or deceptive business practices by ISPs.

Today marks the repeal of #NetNeutrality protections, as the Trump FCC's rule change takes effect.

While the move was supported by the telecom industry, it has faced fierce resistance from others.

Advocacy groups continue to fight.

Net neutrality is no longer the law of the land.

But only time will tell if the latest decision will lead to the slow death of the open internet as we know it - or whether the predictions have been too drastic. Those rules required online service providers to treat all internet traffic the same without slowing or blocking content from competing providers.

She worries that with the regulations now expired, some websites will be blocked or censored, and service could slow.

"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", said Gigi Sohn, a former counselor for the FCC. If you're a fan of Netflix, for example, net neutrality holds that you should be able to watch its shows without running into impediments your ISP puts up that are created to push you toward a competing service, such as Hulu. At least until those companies threw oodles of cash at the Ajit Pai FCC in exchange for eliminating them. "So issues that are coming up right now, people are seeing from a very personal perspective".

"At the dawn of the commercial Internet, President [Bill] Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the Internet".

Pai also called the new course of action a "tremendous bipartisan success" and noted that the rules were "especially harmful for smaller internet service providers who didn't have the means to withstand a regulatory onslaught". Those protections are transparency rules that require ISPs to publicly disclose any blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization. It will then be evaluated based on whether or not the activity is anti-competitive. The disclosures are essentially a get-out-of-jail-free card-the new FCC regime specifically allows ISPs to block, throttle, or prioritize content in exchange for payment as long as the ISPs disclose the fact that they're doing so.

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And how will repealing net neutrality affect me?

But now there are fewer rules governing how internet service providers can operate.

"It is incumbent on the House of Representatives to listen to the voices of consumers, including the millions of Americans who supported the FCC's 2015 net neutrality order, and keep the internet free and open for all", they said in a letter Thursday.

The repeal could also change how customers are billed for services, both for good and bad.

Expect to see more offers like AT&T's exemption of its DirecTV Now streaming TV service from customers' mobile data limits.

The internet probably won't immediately become (more of) a dystopian nightmare.

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But even those who oppose the repeal say very little is likely to change right away given pending litigation and possible legislation to settle the issue.

Is there a chance the repeal is, well, repealed?

The recent FCC's staunch opposition to net neutrality has been met with waves of public backlash.

"In the House, we'll need 218 lawmakers to sign on to a "discharge petition" in order to force a vote past leadership to the floor", the coalition's website outlines. Per the net neutrality order, states can not enact any legislation that attempts to circumvent the repeal.

Washington and OR now have their own net neutrality laws, and a bill is pending in California's legislature.


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