Monday, 20 August, 2018

House vote still looms at Net Neutrality comes to an end

Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled The Repeal of Net Neutrality Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You.
Freda Brock | 12 June, 2018, 05:44

Per the net neutrality order, states can not enact any legislation that attempts to circumvent the repeal. For example, we empower the Federal Trade Commission to police internet service providers for anticompetitive acts and unfair or deceptive practices. This year the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the FCC's decision on killing net neutrality, but this was seen as a largely symbolic victory.

The Republican-majority FCC voted along party lines in December to repeal the regulations, which expired today.

Why is net neutrality such a big deal?

The debate around net neutrality was immediately politicized.

It's hard to say what specific changes you might experience; part of the whole point of undoing the net neutrality rules is that Internet providers will begin to experiment with all-new business models we haven't seen before.

As of Monday, the repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections will take effect.

With the midterm elections approaching, Democrats are hoping to place the blame for the rollback on GOP members who aren't supporting the bill.

Other states, including New York, Vermont, and Montana, are using executive orders and various other means of reinstating net neutrality, but at the moment, Washington is the only state to pass a bill protecting it. OR passed similiar legislation, but it won't go into effect until next year, as Motherboard reports.

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It also holds the record of the best overall performance in World Cup , with a record of 70 victories in 104 matches played. Of course, we haven't done great in the Asian Games, so it's very important for the kids to go and play there.

Hey, remember when there was all of that hubbub about the FCC vote that killed net neutrality? According to the National Council of State Legislatures, governors in six states - New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Hawaii - have signed executive orders upholding net neutrality, and three - Washington, Vermont and OR - have enacted legislation that does so.

How could the net neutrality repeal affect you?

"These positive and profound benefits of a free and open internet - among many others - are here to stay".

But the FCC has simultaneously given up its authority to strictly regulate the broadband industry, and it has eliminated rules that required ISPs to be more transparent with customers about hidden fees and the consequences of exceeding data caps. Many Internet providers, such as AT&T and Verizon, have said they do not and will not block or slow content. Comcast has also said it does not block or slow content and has no plans to offer paid prioritization.

Nor could they charge Netflix and other video services extra to reach viewers more smoothly.

More than 20 states sued the government to stop the repeal, as did the public-interest group Free Press, think tank Open Technology Institute and Firefox browser maker Mozilla.

Since it is now legal for companies to speed up and slow down their services as they wish, customers could be forced to choose between an overall slower service or higher costs.

Not everyone is anxious about net neutrality being repealed, of course.

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