Net neutrality rules are now repealed: What it means

Net neutrality rules are now repealed: What it means

To commemorate the occasion, FCC chairman Ajit Pai - the man mainly responsible for the repeal of Net Neutrality - penned an op-ed piece for CNET in which he champions the dissolution of internet regulations.

Supporters of net neutrality, on the other hand, say that its death will lead to certain content being blocked by internet providers, slowing down and throttling speeds on certain websites, internet tolls and a situation where users may have to pay to use everyday services.

For instance, both the ISPs and the FCC have claimed that net neutrality has hurt investment.

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

The internet probably won't immediately become (more of) a dystopian nightmare. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he wants to return to a "light-touch" regulatory framework for the internet and is kicking authority to police broadband companies over to the FTC. Keep an eye out for changes in your current internet plan, including the addition of the data caps. Some states are creating their own net neutrality rules, but are barred by the FCC from implementing them.

The repeal takes effect today, June 11th.

But net neutrality remains alive and well in Washington, thanks to a bi-partisan bill that was signed into law earlier this year. They're anxious the providers will charge consumers extra to reach particular sites and services in a speedy manner, either by directly billing them or by charging companies like Netflix, which could be expected to pass on the costs to their subscribers.

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Starting today, the internet is going to be different.

Without the net neutrality rules, and in the context of a non-competitive ISP market in the United States, many fear that the ISPs will start charging websites additional fees depending on the type of content they serve through the ISPs' networks. 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.

Meanwhile, even before the end of the net-neutrality rules, several broadband providers, including AT&T and Verizon, were experimenting with so-called zero-rating programs. The vote on the repeal of net neutrality rules in December passed in a 3-2 vote.

The FTC would theoretically file lawsuits against ISPs that make net neutrality promises and then break them.

Other states, including New York, Vermont, and Montana, are using executive orders and various other means of reinstating net neutrality, but at the moment, Washington is the only state to pass a bill protecting it. OR passed similiar legislation, but it won't go into effect until next year, as Motherboard reports.

Some Congressional Democrats are seeking a repeal of their own, the overturning of the 2017 order that ends the 2015 rules.

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