Net Neutrality Rules Died Today

Sheri Evans
June 14, 2018

For example, users who oppose the repeal of net neutrality fear that internet providers will start bundling services like Facebook and Instagram together, in the same way cable companies bundle certain channels together for a price.

Net neutrality was created to prevent internet providers from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to specific online services. ISPs formerly made the case that net neutrality failed to allow them to recoup the costs incurred in linking their networks to content providers, often citing Netflix, which consumes a double-digit percentage of all Internet traffic in the United States during peak hours.

Political analyst Gary Nordlinger says these new rules could affect the way internet providers do business.

But Pai, who has visited 26 states and two territories, said he heard a different message from consumers as the government's net neutrality rules expire. In his view, removing the rule will open the floodgates to corporate investment, ultimately providing faster and more widespread internet access.

Pai says Internet service will become cheaper and faster with the rules now gone. Or the could block websites or apps that offer competing services to their own.

There is also 5G internet being rolled out later this year that will bring new wireless home internet options.

I support a free and open internet. ISPs will have to disclose any changes they make as part of the deregulation, so consumers should have access to updated information about data caps, paid prioritization or any other changes a service provider may make.

The Federal Communications Committee (FCC) was successful in repealing the net neutrality rules that the previous FCC leadership passed in 2015.

However, in the op-ed Pai does not defend against any of the common arguments for Net Neutrality.

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

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

The recent FCC's staunch opposition to net neutrality has been met with waves of public backlash.

The FCC is nearly certain to challenge Washington as the agency asserted preemption, in which federal laws have precedent over state ones.

But Gigi Sohn, former counselor for former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, said in a statement Monday that consumers will have little recourse against ISPs if they have a complaint about internet providers' behavior: "For the first time since the creation of broadband, the (FCC) will not take responsibility for protecting consumers or competition".

"I'm confident that our decision is the one that best vindicates consumers concerns going forward, and protects them in the Internet economy that we have, and promotes a stronger economy for them going forward", he said.

Another misleading ISP claim is that they want to get rid of Title II, and not net neutrality rules in general.

Some Congressional Democrats are seeking a repeal of their own, the overturning of the 2017 order that ends the 2015 rules. A net neutrality bill is also making its way through California legislature.

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