Consumers’ Internet Use Could Change As ‘Net Neutrality’ Ends

Consumers’ Internet Use Could Change As ‘Net Neutrality’ Ends

Obama-era regulations known as net neutrality officially end Monday.

"I'm confident that our decision is the one that best vindicates consumers concerns going forward, and protects them in the Internet economy that we have, and promotes a stronger economy for them going forward", he said.

Net Neutrality protections prohibited internet providers from favoring or blocking access to particular products or websites. Net neutrality is the principle that internet providers treat all web traffic equally, and it's essentially how the internet has worked since its inception.

The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality saying the regulations were unnecessary and unhelpful, that repeal takes effect Monday.

Other states, including New York, Vermont, and Montana, are using executive orders and various other means of reinstating net neutrality, but at the moment, Washington is the only state to pass a bill protecting it. OR passed similiar legislation, but it won't go into effect until next year, as Motherboard reports.

Over 20 states have joined the fight by banning together in a lawsuit to reverse the net neutrality repeal.

In an opinion piece published on CNET, Mr Pai in the many years of net growth before the neutrality rules "Facebook, Amazon, and Google went from small start-ups to global tech giants".

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How could the net neutrality repeal affect you?

The Federal Trade Commission will be able to investigate if internet providers engage in anticompetitive behavior. In Montana and NY, governors signed executive orders that uphold the Obama-era net neutrality regulations. Under the new guidelines, ISPs can block, throttle, or prioritize internet content as much as they like, as long as they clearly disclose to customers that that's what they're doing.

For now, we are in a wait and see mode to see what happens next.

"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.

Also, the Senate voted to save net neutrality, though that effort isn't likely to become law.

"It is a period of profound change", said Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, one of Pai's chief critics, "and we are also watching a lot of the big get even bigger". Last month, the FCC received the required approval from the Office of Management and Budget in order to keep with the June 11 schedule. Poll after poll after poll after poll shows large majorities of Republican voters in opposition to the FCC's repeal.

"Not only is the FCC eliminating basic net neutrality rules, but it's joining forces with the FTC to say it will only act when a broadband provider is deceiving the public", Chris Lewis, VP at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit that focuses on the open internet, said in an earlier statement. Led by current Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC voted 3-2 in December to repeal the Obama-era open internet rules.

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