The end of net neutrality is here

The end of net neutrality is here

"Net neutrality ensures equal access to online content regardless of who is providing or requesting information", Florian Schaub, an assistant professor at the University of MI who specializes in internet privacy, wrote in a paper recently published in the academic journal Media and Communication. Telecoms are now free to block, slow, or otherwise discriminate against online content and services. Pai, a Republican, who voted against the 2015 rules enacted under an Obama-era FCC, was appointed chairman by President Trump in January 2017.

The Federal Communications Commission will take away the rights of internet users on Monday.

Now that the repeal is in effect, ISPs "have the green light to begin degrading our access to the internet", said former FCC commissioner and Common Cause special adviser Michael Copps.

Broadband companies have said that they will still continue to uphold the Net Neutrality principles but some Net Neutrality supporters say that it's not enough to just trust all the companies.

Net neutrality is no longer the law of the land.

Martin said broadband providers probably won't mess with existing services like Netflix, as that could alienate consumers. The FTC can't take action unless something can clearly be proven to be "unfair or deceptive", something that's tricky to do in the net neutrality realm where anti-competitive behavior is often disguised as routine network management.

After much delay and plenty of drama, the new FCC rules voted on in that contentious meeting have gone into full effect. "That idea sits at the foundation of internet services, reflects how consumers enjoy the internet today, and despite claims to the contrary, has never truly been in jeopardy". In addition, states can not "make their own internet policy" under current federal law.

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A more urgent battle is brewing in several states, which are passing their versions of net neutrality rules in defiance of the federal repeal.

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

Wikimedia Today, United States Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Brian Schatz (D-HI), in partnership with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), announced that the U.S. Senate would vote on May ... Supporters of net neutrality argue the regulations blocked internet providers from slowing down content from rival sites or services, and kept them from charging more for bandwidth-heavy streaming services like Netflix (NFLX).

"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.

The fees would be paid by the video services, such as Hulu, and could be passed along to consumers in higher subscription rates.

Why was net neutrality repealed?

He has spent more than eight years covering the ways that tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google navigate the corridors of government - and the regulations that sometimes result.

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