Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pushed to overturn his agency's 2015 net neutrality protections

The end of the rules comes as House Democrats are pressing for a resolution to reinstate them. The measure already passed the Senate. Almost 50 more House lawmakers must sign a discharge petition introduced by Congressman Mike Doyle in order to force a vote.

A group representing major cable companies and TV networks said Monday that "despite a new round of outlandish claims and doomsday predictions from groups dedicated to stoking political controversy, consumers will be able to see for themselves that their internet service will keep working as always has and will keep getting better". In 2015, the FCC stripped the FTC - the nation's premier consumer protection agency - of its authority over internet service providers. I think the airlines can do that.

"Internet service providers now have the power to block websites, throttle services and censor online content", Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic member of the commission who voted against the repeal, said in an emailed statement Monday.

Content providers like Netflix are in direct competition with Comcast, which owns NBC Universal and controls access to the internet for over 20 million customers.

"At the dawn of the commercial Internet, President [Bill] Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the Internet".

Without net neutrality, it technically becomes legal, for example, for an internet provider like Comcast to give preferential treatment to a video service like Hulu, which it owns, while slowing down other services like Netflix - and that would obviously be undesirable for Comcast subscribers who use Netflix.

The disclosure will help regulators spot anti-competitive practices, according to a summary of the rules distributed by the FCC. Instead, the agency will only require providers to publicly disclose how they treat internet traffic, and will leave it up to the Federal Trade Commission to make sure they are doing what they said and aren't being anticompetitive. A petition to force a vote has 170 of the 218 signatures it needs, its sponsor, Representative Mike Doyle, of Pennsylvania, said in an interview on Friday.

The repeal of Net Neutrality took effect Monday.

"I don't believe them when they say they're not going to do anything and they're going to honor net neutrality", Rep. Others point out that the FTC, which oversees consumer protection for every corner of the USA economy, already has its hands full. Broadband providers, he said in an interview, had been "unfairly and inappropriately the target of this angst or fear".

One day after the net neutrality changes, a federal judge is set to rule on Tuesday on whether AT&T can buy Time Warner. 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.

Broadband providers "remain committed to the principles under which internet innovation has thrived", Mr. Spalter said.

Advocacy groups continue to fight.

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