Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Federal Net Neutrality Protections Have Officially Been Repealed

Federal Net Neutrality Protections Have Officially Been Repealed

The end of net neutrality could make cable giants like Comcast even richer. Ed Markey of MA wrote on Twitter.

The California state Senate passed a net neutrality bill on Wednesday.

The recent FCC's staunch opposition to net neutrality has been met with waves of public backlash, at one point amounting to almost 22 million comments being submitted to the its website, as well as criticism from policy experts who say a repeal of the rules will let internet service providers give preferential treatment to some websites, including their own. The Senate already voted in favor of the effort, which now faces tougher odds in terms of getting a House vote and avoiding a veto by President Trump. ISPs would only be punished by the FCC if they fail to disclose what the commission used to consider net neutrality violations. "Now the House must do the same". The end of the rules comes as House Democrats are pressing for a resolution to reinstate them. That tactic, which experts call "paid prioritization", runs the risk of creating an uneven playing field where big, dominant Internet companies can afford the fast lanes while start-ups or small businesses get left behind, net neutrality activists say. As of now, 171 Representatives have agreed to vote against the FCC decision, 47 short of the 218 needed for that vote to be successful.

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While major internet service providers say the web will remain essentially unchanged after net neutrality rules are rolled back, according to consumer reports, there are a few things consumers should keep an eye out for once the deregulation takes effect. He once said they were based on "hypothetical harms and hysterical prophecies of doom".

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat who voted against the repeal, said Monday that the decision put the FCC "on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public". Our approach includes strong consumer protections.

He also lauded his agency passing power to the Federal Trade Commission for enforcement actions. "People start to understand, these are protections for consumers that no longer exist".

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The new rule means more money for broadband companies. This was a loss for consumers and a mistake we have reversed. "In 2015, the FCC stripped the FTC-the nation's premier consumer protection agency- of its authority over internet service providers".

There is also 5G internet being rolled out later this year that will bring new wireless home internet options. Mozilla's suit has petitioners including the Computer & Communications Industry Association with members including Google and Amazon.com Inc., and the Internet Association, representing online companies such as Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. "The broadband internet is too important to our national life", read the statement.

Without net neutrality, it technically becomes legal, for example, for an internet provider like Comcast to give preferential treatment to a video service like Hulu, which it owns, while slowing down other services like Netflix - and that would obviously be undesirable for Comcast subscribers who use Netflix.

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