Net neutrality rules are repealed. Here's what could happen next

Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communication Commission building in Washington D.C. against the end of net neutrality rules on Dec. 14 2017

Those rules required online service providers to treat all internet traffic the same without slowing or blocking content from competing providers.

Pai's primary defense of the FCC's new lax rules on ISPs is the "transparency rule", which requires ISPs to notify consumers of any policies that violate previous Net Neutrality guidelines.

The net neutrality rules were approved in 2015.

The chairman hasn't talked about any of those incidents where the ISPs discriminated against content by blocking websites or apps that could be their competitors or how their decision to offer paid and fast lanes to big companies could kill the innovation that is being heralded as the victor of this repeal. "We were hopeful that that type of the light regulatory approach we're taking will lead to. better, faster, cheaper Internet access for consumers and more competition particularly". The FCC order that just took effect asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal.

Q. What's the impact of the repeal? Even some technology companies joined the fight to preserve net neutrality, including Mozilla and Vimeo.

Those things include blocking sites they don't like, throttling the speeds of legal internet traffic, and creating "fast lanes" for higher-paying customers like big corporations. "For example, we empower the Federal Trade Commission to police internet service providers for anticompetitive acts and unfair or deceptive practices", Pai wrote. On Thursday, with the official repeal date looming, dozens of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the issue.

Q. Is my Internet service about to slow to a crawl, like some activists claim? After an intense marketing and lobbying campaign, internet companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast convinced the FCC to allow them to slow or restrict access to certain websites.

For now, no. But that could change in the future.

"Those "fast lanes" will put those who won't or can not pay in the slow lane, making the internet look a lot like cable TV", said Gigi Sohn, a former counselor for the FCC.

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. One danger, according to consumer advocates, is that those new models could end up making it harder to discover innovative new services.

Q. Yes, finally! What's an example?

The change comes as broadband and cellphone providers expand their efforts to deliver video and other content to consumers.

Q. Isn't Congress trying to reverse the repeal? The measure aims to restore the agency's net neutrality rules as if the repeal had never happened. The Senate already passed a historic bipartisan resolution disapproving the repeal.

Q. What are its chances in the House?



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