Net Neutrality Rules Have Officially Been Repealed by the FCC

Todd Singleton
June 14, 2018

Federal government rules preventing internet service providers from throttling certain content, often dubbed "net neutrality", officially died on Monday.

Net neutrality was created to prevent internet providers from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to specific online services.

Groups taking the FCC's side in the case include CTIA, representing mobile providers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc.; and NCTA - The Internet & Television Association, representing cable carriers such as Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications Inc.

Pai also called the new course of action a "tremendous bipartisan success" and noted that the rules were "especially harmful for smaller internet service providers who didn't have the means to withstand a regulatory onslaught". Under its principles, Internet providers shouldn't interfere with your ability to reach the websites, apps or services of your choice.

Yet, some fear it's also possible internet providers will one day effectively charge customers more to access services like Netflix that are now included as part of your monthly bill. "The consumer is going to be protected and we preserve the incentive for companies to build out better, faster, and cheaper internet access".

In other words, certain providers could block or slow down sites like Facebook or your favorite news website.

While internet users outraged back in December when the repeal was voted for, the internet has been relatively quiet as the changes went live. Plus, President Donald Trump could still just veto the measure.

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I support a free and open internet. This information 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.

Two states, OR and Washington, have passed net neutrality laws and 29 states are considering legislation, which could lead to new legal battles over Internet laws. "The internet is coming for net neutrality", said Greer.

Republicans may come to support a vote after hearing from a public that supports net neutrality rules, Mr. Doyle said. And while ISPs claim that the FTC is well suited to jump in and police any potential abuses, legal experts have argued that's largely nonsense, since the FTC's authority over ISPs is severely constrained.

"Absolutely. I'm for net neutrality", said Wilson. "Democrats are fighting in the courts and in the Congress to protect Americans' interests and restore these vital protections, and we will continue to demand a vote on Congressman Mike Doyle's resolution to force a vote to restore net neutrality". Barbara Underwood, New York's attorney general, noted that lawsuits opposing the repeal were still pending. "These positive and profound benefits of a free and open internet - among many others - are here to stay".

A more urgent battle is brewing in several states, which are passing their versions of net neutrality rules in defiance of the federal repeal.

Also, the Senate voted to save net neutrality, though that effort isn't likely to become law.

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