The end of net neutrality is here

Lloyd Doyle
June 12, 2018

Those rules required online service providers to treat all internet traffic the same without slowing or blocking content from competing providers. "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it".

Net neutrality was repealed previous year under an order called the "Restoring Internet Freedom" order.

However, companies are likely to drop these self-imposed restrictions; they will just wait until people aren't paying a lot of attention, said Marc Martin, a former FCC staffer who is now chairman of communications practice at the law firm Perkins Coie. Under Chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC classified broadband internet as a Title II service, putting it in line with utilities like telephone service and electricity.

Customers of streaming services like Netflix could see their subscription fees rise if the company chooses to pay more. In other words, no speeding up, slowing down or blocking specific websites or online services.

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

"At the dawn of the commercial Internet, President [Bill] Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the Internet". 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.


FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat who voted against the repeal, said Monday that the decision put the FCC "on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public".

There's also no mention in Pai's op-ed about how the two largest ISPs in the nation - Comcast and Spectrum (Charter, Time Warner Cable) - score incredibly low in both customer service and value from Consumer Reports.

Even though net neutrality is dead, don't expect to see immediate changes, said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, a digital rights advocacy group.

"Not only is the FCC eliminating basic net neutrality rules, but it's joining forces with the FTC to say it will only act when a broadband provider is deceiving the public", Chris Lewis, VP at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit that focuses on the open internet, said in an earlier statement. After an intense marketing and lobbying campaign, internet companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast convinced the FCC to allow them to slow or restrict access to certain websites. So far, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have passed net neutrality legislation and California's Senate passed a net neutrality bill last month.

Last month, the Senate passed a measure to preserve the net neutrality rules.

Several states are enacting their own rules, or are in the process of adopting net neutrality rules. In his view, removing the rule will open the floodgates to corporate investment, ultimately providing faster and more widespread internet access.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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