Net Neutrality Officially Expired. Now States Are Passing Their Own Laws

Yolanda Curtis
June 14, 2018

The Republican-majority FCC voted along party lines in December to repeal the regulations, which expired today.

In an op-ed for CNET on Monday, Pai wrote that the Obama-era rules requiring internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally were too onerous. Such arrangements, known as online "fast lanes" in the eyes of critics, threatened hefty tolls that only the largest businesses could afford to pay, net neutrality advocates warned. The Senate last month passed a Congressional Review Act measure 52-47 aiming to overturn the 2017 measure (the CRA is a quick way to overturn newly-passed regulations within 60 legislative days of passage). On Thursday, with the official repeal date looming, dozens of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the issue.

The debate around net neutrality was immediately politicized.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may have made good today on its promise to kill the net neutrality rules created under the Obama administration, but Washington State isn't having any of it.


If you're curious what life would look like without net neutrality, just look at Portugal.

Thankfully, not necessarily. A number of states have passed state-level legislation re-enacting the net neutrality rules.

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

The way the internet is regulated in the United States is about to change.


Supporters of net neutrality are concerned that without it, we could lose access to a free and open internet. "They are not concerned that internet service providers are going to block access to lawful content", he said. ISPs usually offer zero-rating plans to promote a particular service that they own or have a stake in.

Since it is now legal for companies to speed up and slow down their services as they wish, customers could be forced to choose between an overall slower service or higher costs. OR has a net neutrality law that will go into effect later this year. But here are a few tactics that have been tried before that have drawn scrutiny under the old net neutrality rules. But even so, we are likely to see some changes in the near future. These providers often serve rural and lower-income areas where better internet access and competition are most desperately needed. "We don't have engineers with technical experience in data network management practices". The case could "keep ISPs honest, so to speak, so they wouldn't make drastic changes on day one" after the repeal, said Michael Beckerman, the president of the Internet Association, which represents tech giants like Facebook and Google and is participating in a lawsuit.

Others, like Schaub, disagree. As a result, the internet could become more like the TV networks, where you pay for different packages of internet services.

He wrote that the biggest USA internet companies - Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft - controlled much of the online infrastructure, from app stores to operating systems to cloud storage to almost all of the online ad business.


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