Net neutrality rules enacted under former President Barack Obama expired Monday, completing a move past year by the Federal Communications Commission to end the protections. 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.
The way the internet is regulated in the USA is about to change.
The rules oblige Internet service providers, or ISPs, to enable access of all content and applications, regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.
"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful Internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement Thursday. Instead, the agency will only require providers to publicly disclose how they treat internet traffic, and will leave it up to the Federal Trade Commission to make sure they are doing what they said and aren't being anticompetitive. Last month, the FCC received the required approval from the Office of Management and Budget in order to keep with the June 11 schedule. Companies that pay more are essentially given higher priority.
The Federal Communications Commission has officially lifted Obama-era internet protections known as net neutrality, leading to a potential change in how fast apps, websites and online services load depending on internet service providers (ISP.) The change comes six months after the FCC voted to undo the rules. We're also waiting to hear whether the Supreme Court will agree to hear a separate lawsuit on net neutrality. "Hold the obituaries. Net neutrality is not dead", Fight for the Future Deputy Director Evan Greer said in a statement. But now there are fewer rules governing how internet service providers can operate. For example, users who oppose the repeal of net neutrality fear that internet providers will start bundling services like Facebook and Instagram together, in the same way cable companies bundle certain channels together for a price.
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More than 20 states sued the government to stop the repeal, as did the public-interest group Free Press and the think tank Open Technology Institute and Firefox browser maker Mozilla.
Net neutrality looks set to live on in piecemeal form as some U.S. states are enacting legislation that will require telecoms companies operating in their territories to abide by similar laws. As a result, the internet could become more like the TV networks, where you pay for different packages of internet services.
"The internet is coming for net neutrality".
This isn't something that ISPs did before net neutrality rules took effect, and proponents of the repeal argue that the open market will work itself without the rules in place. Plus, President Donald Trump could still just veto the measure. And three other states, California, New York and IL, plan to pass their own versions soon.