Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends

Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends

Critics of net neutrality, including the Trump administration, say such rules impeded companies' ability to adapt to a quickly evolving internet.

ISPs' required disclosures "will allow consumers to make an informed decision about which Internet service provider is best for them and give entrepreneurs the information they need as they develop new products and services", Pai wrote.

The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules took effect today. For most of the country, unfettered access to the internet now depends on the goodwill of their service providers.

A statement by the pro net-neutrality group Fight for the Future declared: "June 11th will serve as the kick-off for intense campaigning focused on House lawmakers, who will be under tremendous pressure to support the [net neturality measure] ahead of the midterm elections, given that voters from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly support restoring these rules". Opponents of the net neutrality law - including big broadband providers like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast - argued that getting rid of net neutrality would lead to new investment and a more open and competitive internet.

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

Ajit Pai, who chairs the FCC, was known to oppose net neutrality and in the past had said it was a brake on innovation.

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What exactly is net neutrality?

Last month, the Senate passed a last-ditch effort to overturn the FCC's repeal, but it never progressed to a House vote and was officially repealed Monday.

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.

There are many outspoken opponents of the FCC's move, though, including state governments, tech companies, rights groups and attorneys general.

The federal repeal of rules governing net neutrality will free internet service providers to create slow and fast lanes, or to prefer certain types of online traffic over others. They will have the right to discriminate and favor the Internet traffic of those companies with whom they have pay-for-play arrangements and the right to consign all others to a slow and bumpy road. As a result, the internet could become more like the TV networks, where you pay for different packages of internet services. "The clock is ticking-if the CRA resolution doesn't get a vote this year, it dies when the new Congress comes into session". However, the bill has yet to be voted on in the House. Deregulation could potentially change what you can access on the internet.

Washington and OR now have their own net neutrality laws, and a bill is pending in California's legislature.

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