Federal Net Neutrality Protections Have Officially Been Repealed

The Repeal of Net Neutrality Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You.

The Repeal of Net Neutrality Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You.

The issue of net neutrality has sparked intense debate in the US since last April when FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, announced that under his leadership the FCC would repeal landmark net neutrality rules created under President Obama in 2015. "They are not concerned that Internet service providers are going to block access to lawful content". For example, an ISP could charge a base fee for basic internet, and $5 extra for a social media package that includes Facebook and Twitter, or a $10 entertainment package that bundles in streaming music as well.

Comcast put out a statement saying they support Net Neutrality and will continue to support a free and open internet, despite lobbying to have the regulations thrown out. A big, sudden shift would piss off a lot of people, including politicians, and perhaps bolster the ongoing effort to get net neutrality back.

"This was a loss for consumers and a mistake we have reversed".

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".

Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai defended his agency's repeal of Obama-era network neutrality rules in an op-ed for C-Net. "Our transparency rule will also help ensure that any problematic conduct by Internet service providers is quickly identified and corrected".

When fighting against the 2015 net neutrality rules, the ISPs said nearly in unison that they would prefer to leave net neutrality rules to Congress instead of the FCC. 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.

However James Mayer, who owns an IT company, agrees with Black. Several states including NY and Washington, have passed regulations that impose net neutrality on a local level. Almost two dozen states and several companies have sued the government to try and preserve the rules. Dozens of other states are considering similar measures.

"There is widespread agreement among senators from both parties that we need to maintain a free and open internet", Thune said. The companies argued that Title II gave the FCC too much control over their business and that the regulations made it hard to expand their networks. Over 20 state attorneys have filed lawsuits to block the repeal.

Perhaps the repeal won't change the direction of the internet.

"At the FCC, we have a transparency rule where every company in the USA has to disclose their business practices, and the Federal Trade Commission is empowered to take action against any company who engages in any anti-competitive conducts", Pai said.

While the nation-wide net neutrality laws have been repealed, it is likely that State laws will be created to protect consumers from corporate greed and shady practices.

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