Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

'Net Neutrality' rules are now history, here's what that means

'Net Neutrality' rules are now history, here's what that means

Meanwhile, legal battles against the FCC rollback of net neutrality are still underway.

While the now-defunct net neutrality rules didn't specifically address interchange disputes, they did give the FCC broad latitude to oversee the "general conduct" of broadband providers to determine if the companies were being anticompetitive or interfering with customers' ability to access internet sites and services. The end of the rules comes as House Democrats are pressing for a resolution to reinstate them. And in May, the Senate voted in favor of reversing the FCC's repeal; however, the measure still needs to be passed in the House of Representatives, where afterwards it will then need President Trump's signature. The US Congress also plans to debate a motion to overturn the FCC decision. "Now the House must do the same". The company went on to say that it's now "quite optimistic about the future, and the current FCC is a significant reason for our optimism". Under those regulations, broadband service was considered a utility under Title II of the Communications Act, giving the FCC broad power over internet providers.

"Every Republican who opposed this vote will own any and all of the damaging consequences of the FCC's horribly misguided decision", Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said on Monday.

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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 past year. The second concern for users is the bundling of services.

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. "These positive and profound benefits of a free and open internet - among many others - are here to stay". "Our goal is simple: better, faster, cheaper internet access for American consumers who are in control of their own online experience". The Federal Trade Commission could come down on any company that deceives its customers.

Our approach includes strong consumer protections. "This was a loss for consumers and a mistake we have reversed", Pai wrote. It's worked before and it will work again.

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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. Nine in 10 American households use the internet, according to Pew Research Center, for everything from researching recipes, communicating with friends and family by marking themselves "safe" on Facebook or Googling symptoms of a medical issue to see whether a trip to the emergency room is needed.

But Pai, who has visited 26 states and two territories, said he heard a different message from consumers as the government's net neutrality rules expire.

"But as grateful as we are for the Commission's action and today's implementation, we can not rest here". For consumers at home, it's still unclear how and whether this will affect your internet speeds.

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