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As Net Neutrality Ends, Activists Push Congress to Restore Obama-Era Rules

Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled Net Neutrality Officially Expired. Now States Are Passing Their Own Laws
Lora Ball | 12 June, 2018, 05:40

Although the vote occurred months ago, it took time for the results to take effect.

There are two main schools of thought as to how the end of net neutrality will affect everyday internet users. The repeal takes effect Monday.

Now, all that is legal as long as companies post their policies online.

In the wake of the FCC's repeal of its net neutrality rules, several states have adopted their own protections.

The battle isn't entirely over, though. So far, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have passed net neutrality legislation and California's Senate passed a net neutrality bill last month. The US Congress also plans to debate a motion to overturn the FCC decision.

Most now have service terms that specify they won't give preferential treatment to certain websites and services, including their own.

An FCC document issued today insisted that the disclosure requirement "will discourage harmful practices and help regulators target any problematic conduct".

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For anyone who hasn't been following, net neutrality is the concept of treating all internet traffic the same, no matter where it originates from. "The Internet is coming for net neutrality". Critics of the repeal, passed in December, claim that these regulations were necessary to prevent abuse to consumers by big internet service providers such as as Comcast and Verizon.

Internet service providers now have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content. T-Mobile, for example, was criticized by net neutrality supporters for effectively making it cheaper for customers to stream videos from Netflix and HBO, putting other video services at a disadvantage. She is now the only Democratic commissioner left on the FCC, which has been reshaped under President Donald Trump.

"Congress can still overrule the FCC and restore net neutrality", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight For the Future, which has advocated for strong net neutrality rules.

Tech companies such as Netflix, Spotify and Snap echoed similar concerns in regulatory filings. If the only providers that can serve state governments are those that observe net neutrality, these states reason, then it could shape what services consumers are offered, too. If customers hit their maximum data allowance, providers could either slow down the speed of your service or charge fees for increased usage.

"The FTC will once again be able to protect Americans consistently across the internet economy, and the FCC will work hand-in-hand with our partners at the FTC to do just that", Pai wrote in an op-ed column Monday.

Washington and OR have gone farther, and passed laws that require all ISPs within their borders to offer net neutrality protections.

That's another reason companies are likely to move slowly, at least at first. In fact, some have made clear they want to have the freedom to prioritize certain kinds of traffic over others.

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