After a drawn-out battle between internet advocates and Trump's Federal Communications Commission, today marks the official end of net neutrality.
In the op-ed, Pai says that repealing Net Neutrality "will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access, and more competition" while simultaneously preserving the internet as "an open platform where you are free to go where you want".
In a statement, Schumer said that House Republicans could have prevented the regulations on internet service providers (ISPs) from being rolled back by taking up legislation that passed the Senate last month.
The FCC's approval of those rules was the result of a decadelong fight on behalf of the public - and against the forces of special interests that spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lawyers, public relations firms, lobbyists and campaign contributions in their quest to take over the internet.
Critics of net neutrality, including the Trump administration, say such rules impeded companies' ability to adapt to a quickly evolving internet. He says the rules were too heavy-handed.
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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. In reality, the ISPs' investments have continued to grow in the two years of post-net neutrality rules.
"I support a free and open internet", claims the FCC boss that just demolished rules protecting a free and open internet. As part of this effort, more than 16.5 million pro-net neutrality emails have been sent to Congress. The FTC can't take action unless something can clearly be proven to be "unfair or deceptive", something that's tricky to do in the net neutrality realm where anti-competitive behavior is often disguised as routine network management. Telecoms are now free to block, slow, or otherwise discriminate against online content and services. Ahead of the December 14 commission vote that ended those Obama-era net neutrality regulations, current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called those same rules a " heavy-handed, utility-style.mistake" and pledged to stop the federal government from "micromanaging" the internet by introducing a new set of "internet freedom" regulations. This means that if a consumer doesn't like the service their local ISP offers, they have no other company to choose instead.
Even though net neutrality is dead, don't expect to see immediate changes, said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, a digital rights advocacy group.
More than 20 states have sued the FCC to stop the repeal. "The internet is coming for net neutrality", said Greer.