Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

What does net neutrality repeal mean?

What does net neutrality repeal mean?

The net neutrality rule is officially ending Monday.

The news rules now leave the policing of how internet service providers handle web traffic to the Federal Trade Commission, which is tasked with making sure internet providers don't engage in "anti-competitive" behavior. Even if the bill passes the House of Representatives, it heads to the White House where chances are almost impossible that President Trump signs the resolution eliminating the first major act of deregulation of his administration.

Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman, led the repeal of the net neutrality rules and continued to argue that the new system will be better for consumers and provide companies with incentive to invest in more broadband internet access.

The concern among net neutrality advocates is that the repeal could give internet providers too much control over how online content is delivered.

"It is incumbent on the House of Representatives to listen to the voices of consumers, including the millions of Americans who supported the FCC's 2015 net neutrality order, and keep the internet free and open for all", they said in a letter Thursday. The FCC order that just took effect asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal.

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. In his view, removing the rule will open the floodgates to corporate investment, ultimately providing faster and more widespread internet access.


In the era of net neutrality, the internet was a level playing field.

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful Internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement Thursday. The repeal takes effect Monday.

Q. Isn't Congress trying to reverse the repeal? Lawsuits and "mass online actions" will slow the pace of any changes as companies will want to see how it all plays out. Almost two dozen states and several companies have sued the government to try and preserve the rules. "Blocking, throttling, pay-for-priority fast lanes and other efforts to come between consumers and the Internet are now things of the past, "he said in 2015".

An FCC document issued today insisted that the disclosure requirement "will discourage harmful practices and help regulators target any problematic conduct". The end of the rules comes as House Democrats are pressing for a resolution to reinstate them.

As Michael Cheah, general counsel at video site Vimeo, previously told CNNMoney: the point of the rules was "allowing consumers to pick the winners and losers and not [having] the cable companies make those decisions for them".

Washington and OR have gone farther, and passed laws that require all ISPs within their borders to offer net neutrality protections.

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