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Net Neutrality Repealed; Local Business Owner Explains What Will Happen Next

14 June 2018
Net Neutrality Repealed; Local Business Owner Explains What Will Happen Next

The state bill went into effect as soon as net neutrality expired on a federal level (which happened today), and it will prevent internet service providers from creating "slow" and "fast" lanes on the internet.

The controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections is officially set to take effect on Monday, despite ongoing efforts from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups to save the rules.

Companies like Comcast and Verizon can now speed up, slow down or block specific websites or online services.

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

The proposal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to lift what chairman Ajit Pai described as "heavy-handed, utility-style regulations" on broadband internet service providers (ISPs) was first mooted late a year ago. And they fear that behemoths like AT&T might someday prioritize their own TV shows and other content over rivals'. This is how the term "net neutrality" was coined - the idea was that every bit is the same and that ISPs can't charge differentiated prices based on different types of services. The new rules, the Restoring Internet Freedom order approved by the FCC in December 2017, require ISPs to disclose any blocking, throttling or prioritization of their own content or from their partners.

Net neutrality looks set to live on in piecemeal form as some U.S. states are enacting legislation that will require telecoms companies operating in their territories to abide by similar laws. For the first time in many markets, ISPs will face real competition for your home internet service.

Across the country, state officials have moved to keep net neutrality rules in place on their turf. He says that net neutrality, passed in 2015, "depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation". Several states including NY and Washington, have passed regulations that impose net neutrality on a local level.

Public protests greeted the Federal Communications Commission's plan to end use of the rules, with many saying it could have an impact on free speech. And consumers latch on to this notion of "free unlimited", and if you look at the fine print, the carriers give with one hand and they take with the other.

"The gutting of net neutrality is a symbol of our broken democracy", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight For the Future, in a statement Monday.

Pai attempted to bolster the FCC's decision through claims that the new regulations introduces stronger transparency laws and hence more protection for the consumer.

Several states are rushing to pass new net neutrality laws to replace the FCC rules. Internet service providers, or ISPs, deny that they would engage in such a practice - yet consumer watchdogs worry that consumers would have little legal recourse if they did.

"It is a period of profound change", said Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, one of Pai's chief critics, "and we are also watching a lot of the big get even bigger".