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Net Neutrality Is Officially Dead. Here's What's Next

Net Neutrality Is Officially Dead. Here's What's Next

Supporters of net neutrality are pushing state lawmakers to fight the repeal, but Mayer says this cannot be done at the state level.

Here's what it means and what's really at stake.

"There will be no eulogy today for net neutrality", said Sen.

In December, the FCC decided in a 3-2 vote along party lines to roll back the regulations. The intention was to keep the internet open and fair.

In particular, the repeal that went into place gives ISPs legal permission to create fast and slow lanes online - certain websites and content will load more slowly, while others will be blocked outright. Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access and more competition.

Zero-rating programs weren't specifically barred under the now-defunct net neutrality protections. "So issues that are coming up right now, people are seeing from a very personal perspective". Consumer advocates are concerned that internet providers plan to extend prioritization to the internet. The FCC's new rules also require ISPs disclose publicly any blocking or throttling they engage in, as well as reveal any deal in which they prioritize traffic. It will then be evaluated based on whether or not the activity is anti-competitive. The rollback took effect officially on Monday.

"There is widespread agreement among senators from both parties that we need to maintain a free and open internet", Thune said.




But consumer advocacy groups have been less than optimistic.

What's more, internet advocates have always been concerned that if broadband providers are able to create so-called fast lanes to particular sites and services, they will in effect slow down traffic to all other locations on the internet.

That may sound annoying for Netflix users, but it's easy to imagine farther-reaching consequences given the ubiquity of the internet, which now functions more like electricity than an information service.

And how will repealing net neutrality affect me?

Under those regulations, broadband service was considered a utility under Title II of the Communications Act, giving the FCC broad power over internet providers. He says that net neutrality, passed in 2015, "depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation". Initially, this might be viewed as a positive by consumers looking to save money on their streaming media.

"No one other than the giant cable companies thinks it's a good idea to let the giant cable companies dictate the speed and price of the content you view on the internet", says Rep.

Not much is expected to change right away, however, as the possibility of legislation and litigation looms. As we reported last month, Democrats see net neutrality as motivating issue for voters.

Some Congressional Democrats are seeking a repeal of their own, the overturning of the 2017 order that ends the 2015 rules. At least 29 states have introduced more than 65 bills aimed at protecting net neutrality and seven states - Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont - enacted executive orders that made it illegal for state agencies to enter contracts with ISPs that don't uphold net neutrality.


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