Net neutrality officially ends today

12 June, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Regina Silva
  • FCC Ajit Pai

Obama-era federal regulations prevented Internet providers from slowing, blocking or charging websites special fees to get their content in front of users.

A coalition of pro net-neutrality organizations has named Monday, June 11, as "Neutrality Action Day", and they're encouraging members to spread their messages on social media and contact their local representatives in the House.

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. 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.

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. We still don't and won't block, throttle or discriminate against lawful content.

Over 20 states have joined the fight by banning together in a lawsuit to reverse the net neutrality repeal.

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", Pai said in a statement last month.

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Without net neutrality, it technically becomes legal, for example, for an internet provider like Comcast to give preferential treatment to a video service like Hulu, which it owns, while slowing down other services like Netflix - and that would obviously be undesirable for Comcast subscribers who use Netflix. Although the vote occurred months ago, it took time for the results to take effect.

Pai claimed in a CNET op-ed that the repeal preserves the Internet as "an open platform where you are free to go where you want" and that it "will protect consumers and promote better, faster Internet access and more competition".

It was put in place by the Obama Administration but President Trump chose to scrap the rule in December.

The net neutrality rules were approved by the FCC in 2015 amid an outpouring of online support.

We gather here today to mark and mourn the death of net neutrality, which, despite a valient fight and 9 million comments to the FCC, officially took its last breath on Monday.at least, if you don't live in Washington state, where, as soon net neutrality died, it was immediately reborn. If you're interested in letting your representatives know where you stand on net neutrality and how you'd like them to vote, you can see a tally of who has and hasn't agreed to support net neutrality here. But unlike with the issues of blocking or slowing access to internet services, they've been much less definitive on fast lanes. 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).

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