As Net Neutrality Ends, Activists Push Congress to Restore Obama-Era Rules

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Opponents to this change fear that the repeal of net neutrality rules will open the door for service providers to censor content online or to charge more for certain types of content.

An edge provider, for those wondering, is an individual or entity that provides content, applications or services over the internet, or devices for accessing any of those things over the internet, available to end-users, i.e., the consumers.

The proposal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to lift what chairman Ajit Pai described as "heavy-handed, utility-style regulations" on broadband internet service providers (ISPs) was first mooted late previous year. Last month, the Senate passed a last-ditch effort to overturn the FCC's repeal, but it never progressed to a House vote and was officially repealed Monday. Continue reading to find out what changes today and what lies ahead for the charged issue.

If the broadband providers do end up creating fast lanes - or even slowing or blocking traffic - they likely won't do so right away.

Last month, the Senate passed a measure to preserve the net neutrality rules.

"Today, the Trump Administration has set into motion the destruction of the free and open Internet", she claimed.

ISPs also can't engage in prioritizing traffic for money.

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"We did it to have a free and open internet", Hansen said. For example, we empower the Federal Trade Commission to police internet service providers for anticompetitive acts and unfair or deceptive practices.

With the end of net neutrality, Broadband providers insist they won't do anything that harms the "internet experience" for consumers.

The sponsor of that companion CRA bill, Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., noted that "an overwhelming majority of Americans" support network neutrality despite the FCC's refusal to follow public sentiment, but that it was "still possible" to save the policy by passing his resolution.

The Internet Innovation Alliance, a coalition of business and non-profit organizations under leadership of Former Congressman Rick Boucher, D-Va., also defended the new laws. "Our approach includes strong consumer protections", Pai writes, saying that the FTC - an organization with minimal regulatory powers and no specialist knowledge of the complicated telecoms industry - is the fearless regulator we all deserve. Essentially, users and consumers of the internet will not be charged more for faster or better speeds, instead, the accessible quality and quantity of the internet will be the same for everyone. The measure aims to restore the agency's net neutrality rules as if the repeal had never happened.

The FCC is nearly certain to challenge Washington as the agency asserted preemption, in which federal laws have precedent over state ones.

"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. T-Mobile, for example, was criticized by net neutrality supporters for effectively making it cheaper for customers to stream videos from Netflix and HBO, putting other video services at a disadvantage.

Twenty-nine states have since introduced legislation, proposing reinstating some aspects of Net Neutrality.

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