Net neutrality dead in US: Top gloomy predictions of internet’s near future

Net Neutrality Is Finally Actually Dead

Net Neutrality Ends Today, But The Fight To Protect Internet Speeds Rages On

WASHINGTON-Democrats and internet activists marked the rollback of internet neutrality rules on Monday by pushing House lawmakers to restore the regulations, hoping to score both political and policy gains.

The new internet rules came into effect on Monday in the US after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the 2015 Obama administration's much publicised net neutrality rules in December by a 3-2 vote. The old rules, called Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, prohibited internet providers from blocking or slowing down websites or prioritizing their content over others. He believes the repeal of net neutrality is bad news for most consumers, "Internet service providers, at their whim, can do pretty much whatever they want to you".

It's official. The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality protections takes effect today.

"If certain services are blocked or throttled, they get it", Mr. Doyle said.

And he rejected arguments that the move would lead to ISPs restricting access to online content, by blocking sites or charging a premium for faster delivery. That means there is nothing legally stopping a broadband provider from selling faster service at a premium or slowing some content. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has little reason to celebrate as critics are closely monitoring ISPs and other internet companies to see if they pull any stunts and abuse the laws for corporate benefits. For example, net neutrality ensured that an ordinary citizen's blog about local politics would not be slowed down or delayed from users in favor of paid advertisements or companies that pay a prioritization fee.

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The net neutrality rules said companies had to treat all data equally.

"The politicians who say, "oh we support Net Neutrality" but vote against - it's a cop out". Governors in five states-Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont-have signed executive orders similar to Oregon's law covering service to the states.

As part of this shift, oversight of internet protections will shift from the FCC to the Federal Trade Commission. However, Congress can still pass a law to simply reverse the repeal or even improve on the previous net neutrality rules.

Net neutrality is officially a thing of the past - but not in Washington state. And I think the internet service providers can do that, particularly in rural areas where you have only one carrier. 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). Supporters of net neutrality have also said that without regulation, a greater socio-economic digital divide could develop, creating a class of information "haves" and "have nots". Some say that consumers may not notice any changes at all.

Net Neutrality, a term coined by Columbia University media law professor and former NY state lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu, is a rule where all telecommunication companies must treat all data equality and may not discriminate or charge differently.

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