Net Neutrality Has Been Rolled Back - But It's Not Dead Yet

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But while ISPs think they've scored a major victory here by convincing Ajit Pai and the Trump FCC to ignore the public, ignore the experts, and cuddle up to telecom duopolies, this policy middle finger aimed squarely at consumers is likely to result in a policy and political backlash they're going to be navigating for years. Under the new rules, internet providers are no longer required to offer equal access to all web content. If you want to use Facebook and Twitter? "That idea sits at the foundation of internet services, reflects how consumers enjoy the internet today, and despite claims to the contrary, has never truly been in jeopardy".

As of today, the end of net neutrality is official. For the first time in many markets, ISPs will face real competition for your home internet service.

"We've empowered the FTC to take action against any company that might act in any competitive way", Pai said.

Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon and Comcast have a great deal of freedom over how they conduct their business. 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. A third rule banned the practice of paid prioritization, or the offering of the Internet "fast lanes". In 2015, the FCC stripped the FTC - the nation's premier consumer protection agency - of its authority over internet service providers. If companies like Comcast and AT&T can charge more for "internet packages" the same way they charge different prices for cable TV packages, Schaub said people who are already struggling to pay their bills may suffer.

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In essence, the rules attempted to ensure a level playing field so that ISPs wouldn't favor their own services (in particular streaming video) over those by third parties by throttling and charging extra for certain traffic.

The governors of New York, New Jersey, and Montana, for example, have each signed executive orders requiring broadband providers with state contracts to be net neutral. Almost two dozen states and several companies have sued the government to try and preserve the rules.

The bottom line is that our regulatory framework will both protect the free and open internet and deliver more digital opportunity to more Americans. Network investment topped $1.5 trillion.

Several internet providers made public pledges that they would not block or throttle sites once the rules were repealed.

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Yet critics say that's a mistake, arguing that the FCC has the expertise and ability to regulate the internet industry, given that the agency's bailiwick is communication networks.

A group of 22 states sued the FCC over the repeal.

The net neutrality rule is officially ending Monday.

He wrote that the biggest US 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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