FCC's net neutrality rules are officially repealed. Here's what that really means

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Supporters argued that without net neutrality, Americans would lose access to a free and open internet, while those who were against the policy said it stifled innovation in the telecommunications industry.

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.

Several states are rushing to pass new net neutrality laws to replace the FCC rules. Telecoms are now free to block, slow, or otherwise discriminate against online content and services.

The US has officially repealed rules that governed the way net providers treated the data that travelled across their networks. "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it". But here are a few tactics that have been tried before that have drawn scrutiny under the old net neutrality rules. That order has now gone into effect, which means the net neutrality rules have been canceled.

The issue of net neutrality has sparked intense debate in the US 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.

Net neutrality advocates have heard that argument before and don't buy it.

Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change - though not right away - following Monday's official repeal of Obama-era internet protections.

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"In the House, we'll need 218 lawmakers to sign on to a "discharge petition" in order to force a vote past leadership to the floor", the coalition's website outlines. In most circumstances, a bill does not reach the floor of the House of Representatives until voted out of the committee in which it was assigned.

One of the biggest fears surrounding the end of net neutrality is the potential emergence of internet 'bundles, ' comparable to cable bundles where you pay a certain amount to receive a specific number of popular TV channels - just with popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. instead.

FILE PHOTO: Chairman Ajit Pai speaks ahead of the vote on the repeal of so called net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, U.S., December 14, 2017.

The major broadband operators have said they don't plan to create internet fast lanes.

"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.

Over 20 states have joined the fight by banning together in a lawsuit to reverse the net neutrality repeal. Several states including NY and Washington, have passed regulations that impose net neutrality on a local level.

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