As Net Neutrality Ends, Activists Push Congress to Restore Obama-Era Rules


Despite the repeal, some internet service providers have said they will continue to follow net neutrality principles.

We gather here today to mark and mourn the death of net neutrality, which, despite a valient fight and 9 million comments to the FCC, officially took its last breath on least, if you don't live in Washington state, where, as soon net neutrality died, it was immediately reborn. Supporters of net neutrality argue the regulations blocked internet providers from slowing down content from rival sites or services, and kept them from charging more for bandwidth-heavy streaming services like Netflix (NFLX). "They are not concerned that internet service providers are going to block access to lawful content", he said.

Political analyst Gary Nordlinger says these new rules could affect the way internet providers do business.

With the end of net neutrality, Broadband providers insist they won't do anything that harms the "internet experience" for consumers.

Yet, some fear it's also possible internet providers will one day effectively charge customers more to access services like Netflix that are now included as part of your monthly bill. But unlike with the issues of blocking or slowing access to internet services, they've been much less definitive on fast lanes. The house bill passed in February by a 93-5 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". Internet service providers, or ISPs, deny that they would engage in such a practice - yet consumer watchdogs worry that consumers would have little legal recourse if they did.

The Federal Communications Committee (FCC) was successful in repealing the net neutrality rules that the previous FCC leadership passed in 2015.

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"The FCC will not have the last word when it comes to net neutrality, the American people will", he said. However, without Title II, the FCC was no longer able to regulate ISPs due to a lawsuit that Verizon brought against the FCC to revoke the 2010 basic net neutrality rules.

The net neutrality rules are no longer the law of the land.

Some big ISPs have said they have no plans to throttle internet traffic.

"Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access and more competition". But what is net neutrality, and what does its repeal mean for you?

Washington and OR now have their own net neutrality laws, and a bill is pending in California's legislature. Others disagree and will challenge Pai in court, while many states are fighting back with their own laws, further muddling the situation.

The new rules approved by lawmakers who were heavily paid by the ISP lobbyists also take the oversight powers away from the more powerful and resourceful FCC to the Federal Trade Commission.

Some Congressional Democrats are seeking a repeal of their own, the overturning of the 2017 order that ends the 2015 rules. "There's widespread agreement that we need Net Neutrality legislation".