Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled
Jun 11 2018 by Francis Osborne
There were some exceptions (emergency services, mostly), but for the most part, the rules made it illegal for ISPs to slow down (throttle) internet traffic based on content, so long as the data was legal.
Pai says he believes the net neutrality rules adopted during the Obama administration discourage internet providers from making investments in their network to provide better, faster online access.
"By refusing to bring up the Senate-passed resolution to restore net neutrality, which passed the Senate by a powerful bipartisan vote, House Republican leaders gave a green light to the big ISPs to charge middle-class Americans, small business owners, schools, rural Americans, and communities of color more to use the internet", Schumer said.
Critics say service providers now have too much control over online content.
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"The gutting of net neutrality is a symbol of our broken democracy", Fight for the Future Deputy Director Evan Greer said in a statement. "But it has sparked an unprecedented backlash from across the political spectrum, and Internet users are coming out of the woodwork to fight tooth and nail in Congress, in the courts, and at the local and state level". Under a new plan, the Federal Trade Commission will police the ISPs. Supporters of net neutrality have also said that without regulation, a greater socio-economic digital divide could develop, creating a class of information "haves" and "have nots". That means no speeding up or slowing down connection speeds, and no blocking of specific websites.
Net neutrality is officially a thing of the past. It will head to the State Assembly, where hearings will begin in June and must be voted on by the end of August. But far more realistically, we're probably going to see some gradual shifts in our service over time, especially since Comcastbacked down on its good-faith promise the day the repeal passed and has previously limited access to peer-to-peer applications. In 2015, the FCC approved a set of regulations on ISPs. "That idea sits at the foundation of internet services, reflects how consumers enjoy the internet today, and despite claims to the contrary, has never truly been in jeopardy". Congress could step in if several statespass their own legislation, and given the Republican majority, advocates for net neutrality are skeptical about the outcome. According toWired, 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.