Sunday, 21 October, 2018

What does net neutrality repeal mean for you?

Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled The Repeal of Net Neutrality Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You.
Mandy Jefferson | 13 June, 2018, 00:11

Though major internet service providers say the web will remain essentially unchanged after net neutrality rules are rolled back. After control of the the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) changed hands following the 2016 election, the agency's new chairman, Ajit Pai, started dismantling net neutrality regulations, arguing they were overly restrictive.

Net Neutrality was implemented during the Obama administration in 2015, prohibiting internet providers from charging more for specific online content or from giving preferential treatment to certain websites.

Current FCC chairman Ajit Pai spearheaded the effort to return the internet to the way it was before the rules took effect, and despite the overwhelming support for keeping the rules intact, the FCC voted 3-2 to reverse course.

The FTC would theoretically file lawsuits against ISPs that make net neutrality promises and then break them. Or the could block websites or apps that offer competing services to their own. He claims internet service goes across state lines and any changes must be made at the federal level.

There are many outspoken opponents of the FCC's move, though, including state governments, tech companies, rights groups and attorneys general.

An edge provider, for those wondering, is an individual or entity that provides content, applications or services over the internet, or devices for accessing any of those things over the internet, available to end-users, i.e., the consumers.

Internet service providers (ISP) use zero-rating plans to promote a particular service - usually one they own or have a stake in.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai speaks to members of the media after a commission meeting December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. "But over time, unless net neutrality is restored, the Internet as we know it will wither and die".

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Q. What were the net neutrality rules?

No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.

While it seems inevitable that net neutrality will end tomorrow, not much will likely happen at first.

Along with allowing ISPs to more deeply affect what content you see and the speed with which you can access it, the new rules also shift oversight away from the FCC and over to the FTC.

A spokeswoman for the FCC previously directed CNNMoney to a section of the final order for net neutrality, in which the FCC asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal.

"The internet is coming for net neutrality", said Greer.

OR also enacted a net neutrality law, signed in April and that goes into action in 2019, but it only restricts state agencies and other public bodies from contracting with network providers that don't meet non-discriminatory provisions.

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