Net Neutrality Repeal Ends Chances of Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission rollback of net neutrality went into effect today. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai championed the move while commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel opposed

For the first time in many markets, ISPs will face real competition for your home internet service. With the rules coming off the books, how is your Internet experience likely to change? But what is net neutrality, and what does its repeal mean for you? "Hold the obituaries. Net neutrality is not dead", Fight for the Future Deputy Director Evan Greer said in a statement. Well, guess what: they've finally, actually killed net neutrality.

Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O), Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and AT&T Inc (T.N) have pledged to not block or discriminate against legal content after the rules expire. New online services will have a hard time competing if they have to pay to be in the "fast lane". But late in the Obama administration, the FCC opened up an inquiry to see if they violated the general conduct provisions. The Internet & Television Association said over the summer that it supported net neutrality but did not believe that the Obama-era regulations promote it.

Probably not. You won't even see the direct effects of this repeal immediately.

Q. What's the impact of the repeal?

Organizations that fought to preserve net neutrality say the battle isn't over.

Those things include blocking sites they don't like, throttling the speeds of legal internet traffic, and creating "fast lanes" for higher-paying customers like big corporations.

Washington and OR have gone farther, and passed laws that require all ISPs within their borders to offer net neutrality protections. Under a new plan, the Federal Trade Commission will police the ISPs.

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Q. Is my Internet service about to slow to a crawl, like some activists claim? They couldn't slow down or block websites and apps of their choosing.

The blocking and slowing of websites gets much of the attention in the net neutrality debate. One danger, according to consumer advocates, is that those new models could end up making it harder to discover innovative new services.

However, in the op-ed Pai does not defend against any of the common arguments for Net Neutrality. So consumers should have access to updated information about data caps, paid-prioritization or any other changes a service provider may make.

Q. Isn't Congress trying to reverse the repeal?

Why was net neutrality repealed?

Q. What are its chances in the House? Supporters of the resolution could overcome that with a discharge petition that forces a floor vote on the resolution, but the petition still lacks the 218 necessary votes to proceed. Here's what we can expect from tomorrow's internet. A federal appeals court in Washington has not set a date for oral arguments. The FTC could also file lawsuits against ISPs to stop anti-competitive practices. For example, users who oppose the repeal of net neutrality fear that internet providers will start bundling services like Facebook and Instagram together, in the same way cable companies bundle certain channels together for a price. 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.

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