Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Net neutrality officially dies on June 11th

Net neutrality officially dies on June 11th

The FCC announced that its December order, which restored the rules under which the internet flourished for decades, is set to officially take effect on June 11.

Despite having been formally voted on and approved back in December a year ago, the order that pulls back previous FCC rules and re-re-classifies internet access as a "Title I" information service, wasn't published until February 22.

Some internet providers have said they could eventually offer paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritisation, for some future internet traffic.

In February, a coalition of 22 state attorneys general refiled legal challenges meant to block the repeal of net neutrality.

Democratic senators filed a discharge petition Wednesday with the intent of forcing a vote to reverse the net neutrality appeal through the Congressional Review Act.

Net neutrality advocates, meanwhile, fear that without the rules in place, internet service providers will create a tiered internet that throttles or even blocks certain services depending on how much the consumer is paying.

It should be noted that it's not just the FCC and Republicans playing games here - the Democrats have been stretching out their CRA vote for weeks for whatever opaque reasons of their own. Debates on net neutrality began after the FCC voted to end the 2015 Open Internet Order.

If the Senate approves the measure, it would not likely pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. In a statement, she said, "The agency failed to listen to the American public and gave short shrift to their deeply held believe that internet openness should remain the law of the land". Several states, including New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and California, have gone so far as to push legislation to enforce the principles of net neutrality within their borders. "The FCC is on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American people".

Of course, the move by Senate Democrats also has a wide number of supporters, among them tech and telecom groups such as Internet Association and INCOMPAS. Rather than jousting over a resolution of disapproval, Congress needs to put this issue to bed once and for all by crafting a bipartisan deal giving the commission limited but clear authority to regulate broadband providers and preserve net neutrality.

FCC, however, states that net neutrality will eventually benefit consumers abolishing regulation could lead to encouraging investment in network infrastructure.

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