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Net Neutrality Repeal Takes Effect Monday

12 Juin 2018

The FCC's abandonment of net neutrality laws, voted on previous year, finally takes effect today.

The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of its net neutrality rules officially takes effect Monday, but you shouldn't expect your internet experience to change immediately. And in May, the Senate voted in favor of reversing the FCC's repeal; however, the measure still needs to be passed in the House of Representatives, where afterwards it will then need President Trump's signature.

Critics counter internet service providers will now have too much control over the flow of online content. The disclosures are essentially a get-out-of-jail-free card-the new FCC regime specifically allows ISPs to block, throttle, or prioritize content in exchange for payment as long as the ISPs disclose the fact that they're doing so.

More than 20 states sued the government to stop the repeal, as did the public-interest group Free Press and the think tank Open Technology Institute and Firefox browser maker Mozilla. They couldn't slow down or block websites and apps of their choosing.

The Federal Communications Commission said the repeal will remove problematic regulations.

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.

OR also enacted a net neutrality law, signed in April and that goes into action in 2019, but it only restricts state agencies and other public bodies from contracting with network providers that don't meet non-discriminatory provisions.

Since Pai's passage of the Restoring Internet Freedom order, supporters of net neutrality have taken several approaches to prevent the new rules from going into effect. "I would love to have one uniform, robust federal standard protecting net neutrality, but given that the FCC has left a void, the states have to fill it". The industry is moving towards faster internet speeds like never before, while the internet remains open, without any of the kinds of paid priority, zero-rating or service bundling that plagues the cable industry. The rules also restricted ISPs from charging extra for certain traffic, creating so-called fast lanes for companies and consumers.

"The internet is coming for net neutrality". Some states, like New Jersey, Washington, and California, have been actively working on state laws that would keep net neutrality alive within their jurisdictions. On Thursday, with the official repeal date looming, dozens of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the issue. Several states including NY and Washington, have passed regulations that impose net neutrality on a local level.

So net neutrality's path through Congress is an uphill battle, but some are still optimistic that net neutrality will win out in the end.

Net Neutrality Repeal Takes Effect Monday