Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Net Neutrality Is Officially Dead. Here's What's Next

Net Neutrality Is Officially Dead. Here's What's Next

Back in December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations.

Whether you're trying to buy a necklace on Etsy, stream a series on Netflix, or upload a photo to Facebook, your internet service provider has to load all of those websites equally quickly.

"Americans across the country are raising their voices against the Trump assault on the free Internet, yet House Republicans inexplicably refuse to listen to the will of the people and save net neutrality", she continued. The move is a major milestone in the attack on a free and open internet and on freedom of expression in the United States. Yet critics say companies are likely to invest simply because they now believe they can ramp up prices and earn more money from consumers and websites. Net neutrality is dead. Congress is still fighting to uphold net neutrality, and states continue to find ways to enact their own laws regarding the controversial regulations.

Those things include blocking sites they don't like, throttling the speeds of legal internet traffic, and creating "fast lanes" for higher-paying customers like big corporations.

In the meantime, some ISPs have promised in the absence of the federal net neutrality rules to not slow data or block it, and with state laws in flux and a federal showdown possible, it's unlikely any would push the envelope at present.

Over the past year, Google and the social media monopolies Facebook and Twitter have moved to implement a regime of internet censorship at the behest of the USA intelligence agencies, for which the Democrats have served as the mouthpieces. Led by its then-Democratic chairman, Tom Wheeler, the FCC approved rules that banned the blocking and slowing of Web content by Internet providers.

If net neutrality is lost, internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T and Verizon could create special "fast lanes" for content providers willing to pay more. "Our transparency rule will also help ensure that any problematic conduct by Internet service providers is quickly identified and corrected". OR has a net neutrality law that will go into effect later this year.

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But wait. What exactly is net neutrality?

"ISPs could curate what online content and services most people will have access to, and which ones will only be available to those who are willing to and can afford to pay extra", Schaub added.

Ajit Pai, in an op-ed piece published today, championed the end of Net Neutrality regulations. "Whatever makes the guy in the White House happy, that's what they're going to do".

The governors of New York, New Jersey, and Montana, for example, have each signed executive orders requiring broadband providers with state contracts to be net neutral.

Tech companies such as Netflix, Spotify and Snap echoed similar concerns in regulatory filings.

Washington and OR now have their own net neutrality laws, and a bill is pending in California's legislature. The measure aims to restore the agency's net neutrality rules as if the repeal had never happened.

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