Net neutrality rollback enacted

Net neutrality ends this Monday June 11th motion to keep it alive could die in the House

In other words, net neutrality is dead, folks.

The FCC did away with rules barring internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content.

These are set to replaced by a set of lighter-touch regulations passed months ago. "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it".

Pai is attempting to usher in an online regime that would resemble the internet in China. If the only providers that can serve state governments are those that observe net neutrality, these states reason, then it could shape what services consumers are offered, too.

"Poll after poll after poll after poll shows large majorities of Republican voters in opposition to the FCC's repeal", Karr pointed out. "The combination of no net neutrality and video consolidation creates new bottlenecks that empower the traditional media industry to raise prices and limit online competition". On Thursday, with the official repeal date looming, dozens of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the issue. The rules initally passed under President Obama, but the FCC under the Trump Administration discarded the rule in December. The measure passed 52-47 as three Republicans joined 49 Democrats in voting to pass the measure. The measure has since moved to the House, where it's already garnered support from more than 175 Democrats.

But this isn't a solution for some supporters.

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

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Monday, June 11, marks the official end of the USA government's net neutrality rules, which had required broadband providers such as AT&T, Charter and Verizon to treat all Web traffic equally.

Momentum is on the side of internet freedom. But other tech companies and many content providers support a neutral internet.

How could the net neutrality repeal affect you?

There have also been 1,300 local events, including rallies outside the district offices of members of Congress. At least 29 states have introduced more than 65 bills aimed at protecting net neutrality and seven states - Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont - enacted executive orders that made it illegal for state agencies to enter contracts with ISPs that don't uphold net neutrality. The FCC also eliminated a rule barring providers from prioritizing their own content.

What's the logic behind the new rules, exactly?

Finally, Pai makes no mention of how the FCC plans to police ISPs who violate these "transparency rules". "The clock is ticking-if the CRA resolution doesn't get a vote this year, it dies when the new Congress comes into session". The intention was to keep the internet open and fair.

You can be sure that Pai and his cronies in the phone and cable lobby will declare victory on Monday, but the expiration of the 2015 rules will be only a temporary hiccup. No one thinks that letting Comcast manage our clicks is a good idea. "Companies are not going to take any major action to change their policies until it's resolved".

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