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As Net Neutrality Ends, Activists Push Congress to Restore Obama-Era Rules

As Net Neutrality Ends, Activists Push Congress to Restore Obama-Era Rules

"We did it to have a free and open internet", Hansen said.

Here's how the the order may - or may not - affect you.

"We're all going to wake up on Monday, and we're all going to be able to stream cool shows off Netflix or Hulu or YouTube", pledged Jonathan Spalter, the leader of USTelecom, a trade group for the telecom industry.

That may sound annoying for Netflix users, but it's easy to imagine farther-reaching consequences given the ubiquity of the internet, which now functions more like electricity than an information service.

However, it's possible that access could slow anyway. As a result, the internet could become more like the TV networks, where you pay for different packages of internet services.

Today marks the official end to the FCC Net Neutrality rules. He believes the repeal of net neutrality is bad news for most consumers, "Internet service providers, at their whim, can do pretty much whatever they want to you". Of course, these commitments could change in the future, and indeed, some close observers have noticed subtle shifts in Comcast's promises already.

They can also set up "fast lanes" for preferred services - in turn, relegating everyone else to 'slow lanes'. If customers hit their maximum data allowance, providers could either slow down the speed of your service or charge fees for increased usage. "I think that's insane". "So, let's address concerns around paid prioritization without impacting those innovations". It may sound like a miracle, but it's actually just HB 2282, a bill that passed in March that protects net neutrality and a free and open internet.

The impact was especially harmful for smaller internet service providers who didn't have the means to withstand a regulatory onslaught.

"If certain services are blocked or throttled, they get it", Mr. Doyle said. They can improve ARPU from their broadband investments. More than 80 percent of Americans support net neutrality, according to a University of Maryland poll released in December.

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And while a new administration in 2020 could, in theory, return the rules back to what they were, a more permanent decision still lies with Congress. So, the broadband providers are likely to move cautiously.

For now, we are in a wait and see mode to see what happens next. "They're slightly smarter than that".

Net neutrality ended six months after the FCC voted to scrub the previous rules, despite widespread public opposition to the decision.

Broadband providers say consumers needn't worry. Numerous commenters urged the FCC to preserve the government's net neutrality protections, which had treated ISPs similar to utilities.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said the agency under Obama overstepped its authority when it imposed the 2015 regulations.

Do the states have any say about this?

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Some states are trying to ensure that net neutrality is in effect, these states include Washington, Montana, and NY; other states have legislation pending.

Some neutrality advocates - with the backing of about two dozen state attorneys general - areshifting their attention to federal court, which is soon to hear challenges claiming that Pai acted arbitrarily in overturning the Obama-era rules.


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