FCC's net neutrality rules are officially repealed. Here's what that really means

13 June, 2018, 03:47 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled

The industry is moving towards faster internet speeds like never before, while the internet remains open, without any of the kinds of paid priority, zero-rating or service bundling that plagues the cable industry.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to repeal the Obama-era rules in December in what was seen as a major victory for Republicans who had pledged to scrap the rules. In other words, no speeding up, slowing down or blocking specific websites or online services. Instead, the agency will only require providers to publicly disclose how they treat internet traffic, and will leave it up to the Federal Trade Commission to make sure they are doing what they said and aren't being anticompetitive.

The internet probably won't immediately become (more of) a dystopian nightmare. In a dramatic video, she called on the House to save net neutrality in order to protect the "free and open" internet.

Supporters of net neutrality are pushing state lawmakers to fight the repeal, but Mayer says this cannot be done at the state level.

Probably not. You won't even see the direct effects of this repeal immediately.

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But wait. What exactly is net neutrality? State governments are also taking action with more than half of the states exploring their own Net Neutrality legislation.

But Gigi Sohn, former counselor for former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, said in a statement Monday that consumers will have little recourse against ISPs if they have a complaint about internet providers' behavior: "For the first time since the creation of broadband, the (FCC) will not take responsibility for protecting consumers or competition". So consumers should have access to updated information about data caps, paid-prioritization or any other changes a service provider may make. And California bill moving through the state legislature would go one step beyond that would go one step beyond that by banning all zero-rating programs altogether.

However, in the op-ed Pai does not defend against any of the common arguments for Net Neutrality. But here are a few tactics that have been tried before that have drawn scrutiny under the old net neutrality rules. Last week, Senate Democrats urged House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to bring the issue to a vote on the House floor. If House net neutrality supporters can get those last votes, which is unlikely, the decision would still need to be signed by President Trump who is expected to veto it if it ever came to that. According to the National Council of State Legislatures, governors in six states - New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Hawaii - have signed executive orders upholding net neutrality, and three - Washington, Vermont and OR - have enacted legislation that does so.

At least 22 states have filed suit with the FCC over the repeal and many have passed their own net neutrality laws.

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