Federal Net Neutrality Protections Have Officially Been Repealed

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

Net neutrality has overwhelming public support, noted industry experts.

Yesterday marked the end of USA government rules regarding net neutrality, but the new policy faces legal challenges from individual states, some of which have also developed their own rules on the matter.

The Federal Communications Commission's rules preventing Internet service providers from blocking or slowing legal traffic, or charging for faster delivery of some content, passed with much fanfare in 2015, are history as of Monday. For this reason, I have cosponsored H.R. 4682, the Open Internet Preservation Act.

Zero-rating programs weren't specifically barred under the now-defunct net neutrality protections.

The debate around net neutrality was immediately politicized.

Though the FCC voted to kill net neutrality last December, the formal repeal didn't take effect until today.

And while net neutrality is polarizing, it is an example of a regulation that both companies and consumers agree on.

Today marks the official first day of a Net Neutrality-free America.

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In an opinion piece published on CNET, Mr Pai in the many years of net growth before the neutrality rules "Facebook, Amazon, and Google went from small start-ups to global tech giants". At least 29 states have introduced more than 65 bills aimed at protecting net neutrality and seven states - Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont - enacted executive orders that made it illegal for state agencies to enter contracts with ISPs that don't uphold net neutrality.

How could the net neutrality repeal affect you?

Net neutrality repeal - is it the end of the world?

Companies like Comcast and Verizon can now speed up, slow down or block specific websites or online services. And they fear that behemoths like AT&T might someday prioritize their own TV shows and other content over rivals'. "But it has sparked an unprecedented backlash from across the political spectrum, and internet users are coming out of the woodwork to fight tooth and nail in Congress, in the courts, and at the local and state level".

But what exactly is going to be different in our day-to-day use of the internet? Now Comcast Cable president Dave Watson posted a blog post today to reconfirm Comcast's "committed to an open internet". Some experts say that could give big companies pause about embarking on new strategies that could become illegal again in a few years. "We don't have engineers with technical experience in data network management practices". 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".

Others, like Schaub, disagree.

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.

Customers of streaming services like Netflix could see their subscription fees rise if the company chooses to pay more. These providers often serve rural and lower-income areas where better internet access and competition are most desperately needed.

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