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

Net neutrality dead in US Top gloomy predictions of internet’s near future

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

When fighting against the 2015 net neutrality rules, the ISPs said nearly in unison that they would prefer to leave net neutrality rules to Congress instead of the FCC.

"In the short-run, we'll see that internet service providers will recruit higher-end users, knowing that they can take speed and service away from you and me in order to provide that faster service to higher-end customers who are paying more", Portney said. The rules initally passed under President Obama, but the FCC under the Trump Administration discarded the rule in December.

The controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections is officially set to take effect on Monday, despite ongoing efforts from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups to save the rules.

Yet critics say that's a mistake, arguing that the FCC has the expertise and ability to regulate the internet industry, given that the agency's bailiwick is communication networks. "Americans in every state and across the political spectrum support rules that ban ISPs from blocking, throttling, and prioritizing web traffic". It may sound like a miracle, but it's actually just HB 2282, a bill that passed in March that protects net neutrality and a free and open internet. Others, including the governors of Montana and NY, used executive orders to force net neutrality.

Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has accused Democrats of "scare tactics" in their opposition to net neutrality repeal.

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

"The gutting of net neutrality is a symbol of our broken democracy", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight For the Future, in a statement Monday. Then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called it a victory, saying the rules allowed the commission to act as an Internet "referee". Nine in 10 American households use the internet, according to Pew Research Center, for everything from researching recipes, communicating with friends and family by marking themselves "safe" on Facebook or Googling symptoms of a medical issue to see whether a trip to the emergency room is needed.

What's more, internet advocates have always been concerned that if broadband providers are able to create so-called fast lanes to particular sites and services, they will in effect slow down traffic to all other locations on the internet. The US Congress also plans to debate a motion to overturn the FCC decision. The end of the rules comes as House Democrats are pressing for a resolution to reinstate them. The rules also restricted ISPs from charging extra for certain traffic, creating so-called fast lanes for companies and consumers.

With net neutrality rules gone, AT&T and Verizon can give priority to their own movies and TV shows, while hurting rivals such as Amazon, YouTube and startups yet to be born.

Washington and OR now have their own net neutrality laws, and a bill is pending in California's legislature.

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