Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Net Neutrality Repealed; Local Business Owner Explains What Will Happen Next

Net Neutrality Repealed; Local Business Owner Explains What Will Happen Next

Though whether anything will change depends on where you live, and what internet service providers choose to do with their newfound freedom.

The official repeal of net neutrality is now in effect. Starting Monday, the FTC will once again be able to protect Americans consistently across the internet economy, and the FCC will work hand-in-hand with our partners at the FTC to do just that. "This was a loss for consumers and a mistake we have reversed", Pai wrote. Keep an eye out for changes in your current internet plan, including the addition of the data caps.

With the end of net neutrality, Broadband providers insist they won't do anything that harms the "internet experience" for consumers. In other words, no speeding up, slowing down or blocking specific websites or online services.

It is unlikely that ISPs and other internet companies will try anything drastic as the fight to undo the repeal is still ongoing, and critics are monitoring the situation closely. Internet service providers, or ISPs, deny that they would engage in such a practice - yet consumer watchdogs worry that consumers would have little legal recourse if they did.

What's Everyone so Worried About?

Another major concern is that consumers could suffer from pay-to-play deals. Startups without the resources to pay to remove throttling or for faster lanes might be unable to ever compete with established players.

Some small-business owners are anxious, too, that industry giants could pay to get an edge and leave them on an unfair playing field. And they fear that behemoths like AT&T might someday prioritize their own TV shows and other content over rivals'.

Today marks the first day of a post-net neutrality world, one in which rules introduced during the Obama administration under previous FCC chairman Tom Wheeler are officially repealed.

The FCC is nearly certain to challenge Washington as the agency asserted preemption, in which federal laws have precedent over state ones.

Still, several of these measures have failed, some are still pending, and not every state has taken such actions. The new rules are, effectively, the absence of old rules: starting today, internet service providers (ISPs) can do a few big things they were previously not allowed to do.

"Absolutely. I'm for net neutrality", said Wilson.

"As long as there's no government regulation, the market will shake itself out".

In December, the FCC decided in a 3-2 vote along party lines to roll back the regulations.

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

But only time will tell if the latest decision will lead to the slow death of the open internet as we know it - or whether the predictions have been too drastic.

Basically, any ISP can give priority to a website or company it's doing business with.

Democratic lawmakers who are opposed to the repeal took to social media, promising to reinstate the regulations. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a longtime network neutrality advocate and a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. "Consumers want an open internet".

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