Net Neutrality Officially Expired. Now States Are Passing Their Own Laws

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"Internet service providers now have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content", Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat on the commission who voted against the repeal, said in a statement. He insisted that the internet will remain an open platform now that the regulations are gone.

The order required the approval of the Office of Management and Budget, which the FCC announced receiving last month.

The CRA passed by the Senate aims to reverse the misleadingly titled "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" that was passed by the Trump-era FCC, led by chairman Ajit Pai.

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", Pai said in a statement last month.

In an op-ed for CNET on Monday, Pai wrote that the Obama-era rules requiring internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally were too onerous.

"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", said Gigi Sohn, a former counselor for the FCC.

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Broadband companies have said that they will still continue to uphold the Net Neutrality principles but some Net Neutrality supporters say that it's not enough to just trust all the companies.

The US has officially repealed rules that governed the way net providers treated the data that travelled across their networks. On Thursday, with the official repeal date looming, dozens of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the issue. That decision goes into effect Monday, shifting the authority for policing the broadband industry to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

While it seems inevitable that net neutrality will end tomorrow, not much will likely happen at first.

In May, congress overturned the repeal with a bipartisan vote in the Senate.

As of late May, 29 state legislatures had introduced bills meant to ensure net neutrality, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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