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

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In response to the state action, USTelecom is "exploring legal action", said Spalter, citing the FCC's order explicitly preempting states from acting on net neutrality.

Current FCC chairman Ajit Pai spearheaded the effort to return the internet to the way it was before the rules took effect, and despite the overwhelming support for keeping the rules intact, the FCC voted 3-2 to reverse course. It also removes the ban that keeps a service provider from charging an internet service, like Netflix or YouTube, a fee for delivering its service faster to customers than competitors can. If you want to use Facebook and Twitter?

Comcast put out a statement saying they support Net Neutrality and will continue to support a free and open internet, despite lobbying to have the regulations thrown out.

Q. What were the net neutrality rules? Most major internet providers have publicly pledged not to cherry-pick consumer content, though activists say without enforcement those are largely empty promises.

He added that the Federal Trade Commission will work to protect consumers. "This was a loss for consumers and a mistake we have reversed", Pai wrote.

Pai says that by deregulating the internet service provider industry, there will now be "strong consumer protections" and that "entrepreneurs [will get] the information they need as they develop new products and services".

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. They can also set up "fast lanes" for preferred services - in turn, relegating everyone else to "slow lanes".

In essence, the rules attempted to ensure a level playing field so that ISPs wouldn't favor their own services (in particular streaming video) over those by third parties by throttling and charging extra for certain traffic.

Those might sound the same, but in practice they're very, very different.

But both of these approaches are expected to lead to court challenges by the FCC, whose new policy on net neutrality contains explicit language that tries to preempt states from doing exactly what the legislation and executive orders are meant to do.

However James Mayer, who owns an IT company, agrees with Black.

The way we access the internet is about to change. Dozens of other states are considering similar measures. Twenty-three attorneys general, along with various technology associations, consumer watchdogs and companies including Mozilla, are now suing to reinstate the former rules. Although the direct effects of the repeal are unknown, companies will have to assess how much change consumers will tolerate, according to the Associated Press.

Net Neutrality, a term coined by Columbia University media law professor and former NY state lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu, is a rule where all telecommunication companies must treat all data equality and may not discriminate or charge differently.

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