Friday, 20 July, 2018

Net Neutrality Is Finally, Actually Dead

Net Neutrality Ends Today, But The Fight To Protect Internet Speeds Rages On It's finally happened: Net neutrality rules that sparked intense debate are now history
Nina Mathis | 15 June, 2018, 10:28

The net neutrality rule is officially ending Monday.

The repeal of "net neutrality" takes effect six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to undo the rules, which had barred broadband and cellphone companies from slowing down or blocking sites of their choosing or charging more for higher speeds. Originally, it was expected the rules would take effect in April, but the Office of Management and Budget needed additional time to vet the new regulations.

Pai argued that net neutrality created a disincentive for internet services to invest in their networks. Now lastly, the FCC's new Restoring Internet Freedom rulemaking does have a requirement of transparency.

There's also no mention in Pai's op-ed about how the two largest ISPs in the nation - Comcast and Spectrum (Charter, Time Warner Cable) - score incredibly low in both customer service and value from Consumer Reports. We're still not creating fast lanes. However, the Obama administration inappropriately gave the FCC overly broad authority through "net neutrality" to regulate the internet. In other words, no speeding up, slowing down or blocking specific websites or online services.

Repealing the rules would be good for consumers, he added, because it would lift regulations that stopped some telecoms companies investing.




"Absolutely. I'm for net neutrality", said Wilson. But what's more likely to occur are subtle changes to your Internet experience that you may or may not notice.

The measure to revive the rules passed the Senate, and it awaits a vote in the House. The new rules are, effectively, the absence of old rules: starting today, internet service providers (ISPs) can do a few big things they were previously not allowed to do.

ISPs have said they won't block or throttle legal websites, though they've left open the potential for charging more for some data delivery. More than 80 percent of Americans support net neutrality, according to a University of Maryland poll released in December. The 2016 election, with its broad abstention by the working class amid widespread hostility to Hillary Clinton, the favored candidate of Wall Street, and the subsequent strike movement by teachers independently of the unions, has made clear to the ruling elite that the imposition of internet censorship is necessary for the defense of its domination of society. They will have the right to discriminate and favor the Internet traffic of those companies with whom they have pay-for-play arrangements and the right to consign all others to a slow and bumpy road. ISPs may also sue the state, although no lawsuits have yet been reported. 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. And states like NY have signed executive orders to keep net neutrality in place.

"ISPs could curate what online content and services most people will have access to, and which ones will only be available to those who are willing to and can afford to pay extra", Schaub added.

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