FCC chairman celebrates the end of net neutrality with more lies

14 June, 2018, 15:04 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • Net neutrality repeal takes effect Monday

The rules oblige Internet service providers, or ISPs, to enable access of all content and applications, regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

What's more, internet advocates have always been concerned that if broadband providers are able to create so-called fast lanes to particular sites and services, they will in effect slow down traffic to all other locations on the internet. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a video statement that while some regulations have been rolled back, the "transparency rule" has been expanded.

Yet, some fear it's also possible internet providers will one day effectively charge customers more to access services like Netflix that are now included as part of your monthly bill. "Our goal is simple: better, faster, cheaper internet access for American consumers who are in control of their own online experience". They couldn't deliberately speed up or slow down traffic from specific websites or apps, nor could they put their own content at an advantage over rivals.

Senate Democrats had urged the House of Representatives to vote to reverse the FCC decision before Monday, and still hold out hope of a vote later this year. If House net neutrality supporters can get those last votes, which is unlikely, the decision would still need to be signed by President Trump who is expected to veto it if it ever came to that.

"I am committed to protecting a free and open internet, while at the same time making sure there are reasonable standards to protect against unfair, deceptive, and anti-competitive practices such as blocking and throttling". "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it".

Net neutrality is now officially a thing of the past.


Why is net neutrality such a big deal?

These are set to replaced by a set of lighter-touch regulations passed months ago.

Across the country, state officials have moved to keep net neutrality rules in place on their turf.

Media captionWhat is net neutrality and how could it affect you? But far more realistically, we're probably going to see some gradual shifts in our service over time, especially since Comcast backed down on its good-faith promise the day the repeal passed and has previously limited access to peer-to-peer applications. And while ISPs claim that the FTC is well suited to jump in and police any potential abuses, legal experts have argued that's largely nonsense, since the FTC's authority over ISPs is severely constrained. Pai doesn't explain what will happen if they don't follow through, other than saying that the "problematic conduct" will be "corrected".

But both of these approaches are expected to lead to court challenges by the FCC, whose new policy on net neutrality contains explicit language that tries to preempt states from doing exactly what the legislation and executive orders are meant to do. Comcast, for example, has changed its stated commitments concerning net neutrality and no longer mentions anything about paid prioritization, otherwise known as fast lanes.

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