Net Neutrality Rules Roll Back

Net Neutrality Rules Roll Back

It's hard to say what specific changes you might experience; part of the whole point of undoing the net neutrality rules is that Internet providers will begin to experiment with all-new business models we haven't seen before.

Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change - though not right away - following Monday's official repeal of Obama-era internet protections.

That's unclear because these new rules are giving internet service providers, like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T, a chance to experiment with novel revenue streams.

Under the rules, internet service providers were required to treat all online content the same.

Political analyst Gary Nordlinger says these new rules could affect the way internet providers do business.

In 2015, the Title II Order reclassified the internet as a telecommunications service, which is regulated like a public utility.

Many consumer advocates argued that once the rules were scrapped, broadband providers would begin selling the internet in bundles, not unlike cable television packages.

"Our approach includes strong consumer protections", Pai wrote in his CNET op-ed.

She worries that with the regulations now expired, some websites will be blocked or censored, and service could slow.

But a battle for votes in the House remains. The house bill passed in February by a 93-5 vote.

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"We once again call on Congress to pass, this year, a law protecting the core principles of an open internet - no blocking, no throttling, no censorship, no unfair discrimination based on online content - and including robust consumer privacy protections that apply to all entities in the internet ecosystem and no matter how consumers access the internet". Internet service providers, or ISPs, deny that they would engage in such a practice - yet consumer watchdogs worry that consumers would have little legal recourse if they did.

While the nation-wide net neutrality laws have been repealed, it is likely that State laws will be created to protect consumers from corporate greed and shady practices.

The net neutrality rules were approved in 2015.

For anyone who hasn't been following, net neutrality is the concept of treating all internet traffic the same, no matter where it originates from.

Those last two should stick out to you, as they have been key points in the debates surrounding net neutrality rules.

Other state's are trying to follow Washington's example.

Washington became the first state to set up their own net neutrality requirements in March when Governor Jay Inslee signed a measure with bipartisan support.

The Senate voted 52-47 last month to overturn the FCC's plan, but the House, which is doesn't intend to take up the issue-making the Senate's move largely symbolic.

The net neutrality rules are no longer the law of the land. The repeal of net neutrality is also good for consumers, says Pai, because it puts authority over ISPs back into the hands of the FTC. The repeal takes effect six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to undo them.

As of Monday morning, net neutrality no longer exists.

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