Net neutrality rules officially repealed in US

Net neutrality rules officially repealed in US

Andrew Cummings
June 12, 2018

Last month, the FCC received the required approval from the Office of Management and Budget in order to keep with the June 11 schedule.

However, companies are likely to drop these self-imposed restrictions; they will just wait until people aren't paying a lot of attention, said Marc Martin, a former FCC staffer who is now chairman of communications practice at the law firm Perkins Coie.

Current FCC chairman Ajit Pai spearheaded the effort to return the internet to the way it was before the rules took effect, and despite the overwhelming support for keeping the rules intact, the FCC voted 3-2 to reverse course.

With the midterm elections approaching, Democrats are hoping to place the blame for the rollback on GOP members who aren't supporting the bill. Even some technology companies joined the fight to preserve net neutrality, including Mozilla and Vimeo.

Net neutrality is now officially a thing of the past. In Montana and NY, governors signed executive orders that uphold the Obama-era net neutrality regulations.

And how will repealing net neutrality affect me?

Pai was also interviewed on CBS and denied that ISPs are likely to violate net neutrality principles despite the past examples of Comcast throttling BitTorrent and AT&T blocking FaceTime.

"That is not the open internet we know today and rely on to consume and create".

"The idea is that the ISPs will eventually have more money to invest back into services for consumers", said Portney, though he says he doesn't think that will happen soon. But it will be much harder for it to reach the floor of the House. T-Mobile, for example, was criticized by net neutrality supporters for effectively making it cheaper for customers to stream videos from Netflix and HBO, putting other video services at a disadvantage. However, you might not see any immediate changes today. The longer-term ramifications of a world without net neutrality is what concerns proponents of a fair and open internet - issues like a threat to free flow of information and a hazard to speech rights.

Not everyone is anxious about net neutrality being repealed, of course.

"At the dawn of the commercial Internet, President [Bill] Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the Internet". Anyone with access could do what they wanted as long as they wanted.

"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. In other words, no speeding up, slowing down or blocking specific websites or online services. "You want access to the whole Internet?"

For anyone who hasn't been following, net neutrality is the concept of treating all internet traffic the same, no matter where it originates from.

Any changes now, while the spotlight is on net neutrality, could lead to a public relations backlash.

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