Net Neutrality Has Been Rolled Back - But It's Not Dead Yet

Net neutrality repeal takes effect Monday

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

Monday, June 11, marks the official end of the USA government's net neutrality rules, which had required broadband providers such as AT&T, Charter and Verizon to treat all Web traffic equally.

Though the FCC voted to kill net neutrality last December, the formal repeal didn't take effect until today.

The rules also barred a broadband provider from, say, slowing down Amazon's shopping site to extract business concessions.

The issue of net neutrality has sparked intense debate in the USA since last April when FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, announced that under his leadership the FCC would repeal landmark net neutrality rules created under President Obama in 2015. Under Chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC classified broadband internet as a Title II service, putting it in line with utilities like telephone service and electricity.

E-commerce startups have feared that they could end up on the losing end of paid prioritization, with their websites and services loading more slowly than those run by internet behemoths. Now the vote goes the House, which has until the end of the year to bring to a vote.

"I am committed to protecting a free and open internet, while at the same time making sure there are reasonable standards to protect against unfair, deceptive, and anti-competitive practices such as blocking and throttling". This information will allow consumers to make an informed decision about which internet service provider is best for them and give entrepreneurs the information they need as they develop new products and services.

Supporters of net neutrality argue that ISPs should deliver access to online content and apps equally, and prefer rules the FCC passed in 2015.

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Freeland, asked about support from allies, said: "The position of our European allies, including Japan, is the same as ours". But even those vested in Canadian trade are not expected to come to Trudeau's defense as long as the US economy is roaring.

Any changes now, while the spotlight is on net neutrality, could lead to a public relations backlash. According to Wired, Comcast, the nation's largest broadband provider, is momentarily forbidden from violating net neutrality rules under the terms of the government's approval of its 2011 acquisition of NBC Universal.

The US has officially repealed rules that governed the way net providers treated the data that travelled across their networks.

Other state's are trying to follow Washington's example. The new approach effective Monday hands much of the responsibility for enforcing violations to the Federal Trade Commission, a sister agency.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat who voted against the repeal, said on Monday that the decision put the FCC "on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public".

So what does this mean for you? We're also waiting to hear whether the Supreme Court will agree to hear a separate lawsuit on net neutrality.

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