Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Net Neutrality offically ends today

Net Neutrality offically ends today

There were some exceptions (emergency services, mostly), but for the most part, the rules made it illegal for ISPs to slow down (throttle) internet traffic based on content, so long as the data was legal.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed to his position by President Trump, drafted the repeal of net neutrality rules for the sake of innovation and increased broadband investment, he said.

In the days of net neutrality, internet service providers were not allowed to block access to any website - unless that website was in breach of the law.

In an opinion piece published on CNET, Mr Pai in the many years of net growth before the neutrality rules "Facebook, Amazon, and Google went from small start-ups to global tech giants".

However, companies are likely to drop these self-imposed restrictions; they will just wait until people aren't paying a lot of attention, said Marc Martin, a former FCC staffer who is now chairman of communications practice at the law firm Perkins Coie. "Our transparency rule will also help ensure that any problematic conduct by Internet service providers is quickly identified and corrected". "Blocking, throttling, pay-for-priority fast lanes and other efforts to come between consumers and the Internet are now things of the past, "he said in 2015". And rightly so. The gutting of net neutrality is a symbol of our broken democracy.

Passed by the Republican-led FCC in December, the Restoring Internet Freedom Order ends the agency's prohibitions against internet service providers blocking, slowing down, or providing preferential treatment to particular internet sites and services.

Organizations that fought to preserve net neutrality say the battle isn't over.

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", said Pai, per a CNN report.

Under net neutrality, Internet providers had to treat all users equally.

Today marks the official end to the FCC Net Neutrality rules.

Another misleading ISP claim is that they want to get rid of Title II, and not net neutrality rules in general.

"Those "fast lanes" will put those who won't or can not pay in the slow lane, making the internet look a lot like cable TV", Sohn says. "Hold the obituaries. Net neutrality is not dead", Fight for the Future Deputy Director Evan Greer said in a statement. More than 20 states have sued the FCC, and several governors have passed executive orders requiring ISPs doing business with their states to uphold net neutrality. The more realistic goal of the act is to put pressure on Republicans ahead of the 2020 elections - only changes in leadership are likely to have an effect on U.S.net neutrality rules. And three other states, California, New York and IL, plan to pass their own versions soon.

"Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access and more competition".

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