Sunday, 15 July, 2018


These states are working to keep net neutrality alive

Melba Vasquez | 13 June, 2018, 19:41

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said the agency under Obama overstepped its authority when it imposed the 2015 regulations.

Now, they are free of a requirement to treat all web traffic equally and have only to be transparent about how they manage their networks, with any breaches of promises or uncompetitive behavior being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission rather than the telecom-focused FCC. The rules also banned paid prioritization, preventing any internet fast lane for those who paid a premium.

The internet probably won't immediately become (more of) a dystopian nightmare.

Black says he's nervous the repeal of net neutrality could curb the flow of internet traffic to his website and hurt business. The ISPs are essentially breaking that contract with the users when they start picking and choosing which services to deliver at normal speed.

Internet service providers now have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content.

But companies are likely to drop these self-imposed restrictions; they will just wait until people aren't paying a lot of attention, said Marc Martin, a former FCC staffer who is now chairman of communications practice at the law firm Perkins Coie.

"Monday, we are ending this flawed approach and allowing smaller internet service providers to focus their efforts on deploying more broadband, connecting more Americans with digital opportunity, and offering more competition in the marketplace", Pai wrote in a column for CNET published Sunday.

What exactly is net neutrality?

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. The FCC action that goes into effect today returns the rules governing the Internet to the way they were before 2015, when the Internet grew and thrived.

"As long as there's no government regulation, the market will shake itself out".

OR also enacted a net neutrality law, signed in April and that goes into action in 2019, but it only restricts state agencies and other public bodies from contracting with network providers that don't meet non-discriminatory provisions.

"At the dawn of the commercial Internet, President [Bill] Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the Internet". The longer-term ramifications of a world without net neutrality is what concerns proponents of a fair and open internet - issues like a threat to free flow of information and a hazard to speech rights.

"The people saying we can't pass the resolution to #SaveTheInternet in the House are the same people who were saying we couldn't do it in the Senate", Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a longtime network neutrality advocate and a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. "Ignore them. Just keep fighting". "We don't want to be blocked or throttled or have our online experience subject to the whims of an internet provider".

Mayer explains when it comes to businesses, it will have the biggest impact on large corporations like Amazon and Walmart.

"Following the decision to repeal net neutrality, many Americans anxious that the internet would turn into what cable-tv is: a set of options based on price and preference".

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