Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Net Neutrality Is Officially Dead. Here's What's Next

Net Neutrality Officially Expired. Now States Are Passing Their Own Laws Net neutrality rollback: FCC chairman Ajit Pai responds to critics
Jean Garcia | 12 June, 2018, 03:32

Many supporters of net neutrality also interpret the concept to mean that broadband companies shouldn't offer online companies "fast lanes", or faster delivery to Internet users' devices, particularly if it involves extra fees the websites must pay for the special treatment.

The Obama-era federal regulations known as net neutrality are done - at least for now. The FCC voted to repeal those protections in December saying that the rules were too heavy handed. Yet critics say companies are likely to invest simply because they now believe they can ramp up prices and earn more money from consumers and websites. After all, the rules on net neutrality have changed multiple times already - six times in the last 10 years, in fact.

Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O), Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and AT&T Inc (T.N) have pledged to not block or discriminate against legal content after the rules expire. Some states are moving to restore net neutrality, and lawsuits are pending.

Now that the repeal is in effect, ISPs "have the green light to begin degrading our access to the internet", said former FCC commissioner and Common Cause special adviser Michael Copps.

"Net neutrality ensures equal access to online content regardless of who is providing or requesting information", Florian Schaub, an assistant professor at the University of MI who specializes in internet privacy, wrote in a paper recently published in the academic journal Media and Communication. Although the vote occurred months ago, it took time for the results to take effect. What's more, five Democratic governors have issued executive orders barring their states from doing business with a broadband firm that violates the principals of net neutrality. One specific fear is that smaller companies and startups will not have the same opportunities to grow if ISPs can pick and choose companies and services to favor in what is called "paid prioritization".

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ISPs' required disclosures "will allow consumers to make an informed decision about which Internet service provider is best for them and give entrepreneurs the information they need as they develop new products and services", Pai wrote. Despite efforts from state officials and members of Congress, there will now be fewer rules governing how Internet providers can operate.

As you surf the internet, you might not notice anything different.

In the wake of the FCC's repeal of its net neutrality rules, several states have adopted their own protections.

And while net neutrality is polarizing, it is an example of a regulation that both companies and consumers agree on. ISPs aren't idiots. However, this repeal would definitely end up in some big problems, especially slow internet access for many.

"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.

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