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Net neutrality rules officially repealed in US

Net neutrality rules officially repealed in US

To commemorate the occasion, FCC chairman Ajit Pai - the man mainly responsible for the repeal of Net Neutrality - penned an op-ed piece for CNET in which he champions the dissolution of internet regulations.

Here's how the the order may - or may not - affect you.

However, it's possible that access could slow anyway.

To put it simply, internet service providers could start charging companies to ensure their content loads at a decent speed, which is very important if a company is to be successful online.

Net Neutrality rules are rolling back today. He believes the repeal of net neutrality is bad news for most consumers, "Internet service providers, at their whim, can do pretty much whatever they want to you".

The law doesn't prohibit so-called zero rating, in which companies providing a service pay the costs of delivering data to an ISP's customer.

For now, no. But that could change in the future. In reality, the FTC will only be able to enforce a company's own terms and conditions, which won't do anything to stop the spread of paid fast lanes, zero-rating, or anti-competitive behavior across the industry.

The chairman hasn't talked about any of those incidents where the ISPs discriminated against content by blocking websites or apps that could be their competitors or how their decision to offer paid and fast lanes to big companies could kill the innovation that is being heralded as the victor of this repeal.

"I think we can all agree that the packets directing autonomous cars, robotic surgeries, or public safety communications must not drop".




Hello "light-touch" regulation internet. Consumer advocates are concerned that internet providers plan to extend prioritization to the internet.

"If certain services are blocked or throttled, they get it", Mr. Doyle said. For instance, recently I heard from a rural broadband provider in Vermont called VTel. And remember how it seemed like it was taking forever to implement the new (lack of) rules? So, the broadband providers are likely to move cautiously.

"We'll see what happens after the [midterm] election", Lewis says. "They're slightly smarter than that". 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.

Washington's net neutrality rule casts enforcement as a provision of consumer protection in an attempt to avoid stepping into federal telecommunications statutes.

Martin said broadband providers probably won't mess with existing services like Netflix, as that could alienate consumers.

Net neutrality is the basic principle that all internet traffic should be be treated equally. But late in the Obama administration, the FCC opened up an inquiry to see if they violated the general conduct provisions.

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful Internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement Thursday.

Do the states have any say about this?

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The FCC order that just took effect asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal. Almost two dozen states and several companies have sued the government to try and preserve the rules. Some states are moving to restore net neutrality, and lawsuits are pending.


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