Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

The end of net neutrality is here

The end of net neutrality is here

Net neutrality is now a thing of the past.

The FCC did away with rules barring internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content.

It was put in place by the Obama Administration but President Trump chose to scrap the rule in December.

Net neutrality, a long-held principle of the internet that was established as an official rule during the Obama administration, requires internet service providers to treat all content equally, so they aren't allowed to slow down, say, this website just because we might write that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai looks like he gargles Mitch McConnell's balls.

Some lawmakers, states and tech companies are still fighting to save the rule.

A group representing major cable companies and TV networks said Monday that "despite a new round of outlandish claims and doomsday predictions from groups dedicated to stoking political controversy, consumers will be able to see for themselves that their internet service will keep working as always has and will keep getting better".

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Obama-era net neutrality rules were enacted to regulate internet service providers.

As you surf the internet, you might not notice anything different. Under the new rules, internet providers are no longer required to offer equal access to all web content. For example, we empower the Federal Trade Commission to police internet service providers for anticompetitive acts and unfair or deceptive practices.

But wait. What exactly is net neutrality?

Net neutrality ended six months after the FCC voted to scrub the previous rules, despite widespread public opposition to the decision.

"The big ISPs know that they're being watched - by Congress, by the courts and by their customers", she said. Well, guess what: they've finally, actually killed net neutrality.

Now that the rules are gone, Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service's Kent Portney, director of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy says we will likely begin to see changes to our internet service.

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Experts warn a non-neutral net creates an unfair playing field between the mammoth internet companies that can afford to "pay to play" versus start-ups and smaller businesses.

In May, congress overturned the repeal with a bipartisan vote in the Senate. What's more, five Democratic governors have issued executive orders barring their states from doing business with a broadband firm that violates the principals of net neutrality.

While it seems inevitable that net neutrality will end tomorrow, not much will likely happen at first. The end of the rules comes as House Democrats are pressing for a resolution to reinstate them.

More than 20 states have sued the FCC to stop the repeal.

According to the op-ed, Pai thinks that transferring power over the internet to ISPs will "protect consumers".

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