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Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends

Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends

After a drawn-out battle between internet advocates and Trump's Federal Communications Commission, today marks the official end of net neutrality.

It was put in place by the Obama Administration but President Trump made a decision to scrap the rule in December.

The repeal of "net neutrality" took effect six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to undo the rules, which had barred broadband and cellphone companies from favoring their own services and discriminating against rivals such as Netflix. That means there is nothing legally stopping a broadband provider from selling faster service at a premium or slowing some content.

Even though net neutrality is dead, don't expect to see immediate changes, said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, a digital rights advocacy group. Plain and simple, thanks to the FCC's rollback of net neutrality, Internet providers have the legal green light, the technical ability, and business incentive to discriminate and manipulate what we see, read, and learn online. The repeal effectively allows ISPs to block, throttle and prioritize content and internet access as they please. Some states are moving to restore net neutrality, and lawsuits are pending. Others, including the governors of Montana and NY, used executive orders to force net neutrality.

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

Q. What's net neutrality, again? Nothing is likely to change overnight - if nothing else, the public attention will keep telecoms companies in line for the next few months - but FCC chairman and dubious memer Ajit Pai has taken the opportunity to publish a dubious op-ed in CNET with a bunch more claims that don't add up. Net neutrality rules had required internet service providers to treat all internet traffic equally, prohibiting a slow-down of certain sites or demanding higher fees for certain access (social media, streaming services). As a result, the internet could become more like the TV networks, where you pay for different packages of internet services. It's a major turning point for Internet policy and the Web as a whole, as broadband providers will enjoy additional freedom to seek new ways of making money in a rapidly changing market. A third rule banned the practice of paid prioritization, or the offering of the Internet "fast lanes".

"The momentum around the country - from small towns to big cities, from state houses to court houses, from governors' executive actions to action in Congress - is proof the American people are not done fighting for an open internet", Rosenworcel said. It will head to the State Assembly, where hearings will begin in June and must be voted on by the end of August. Several states including NY and Washington, have passed regulations that impose net neutrality on a local level.


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