Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Washington is only state to keep net neutrality

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Kayla Schwartz | 14 June, 2018, 00:32

Starting Monday, the FTC will once again be able to protect Americans consistently across the internet economy, and the FCC will work hand-in-hand with our partners at the FTC to do just that.

The repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections officially took effect on Monday, almost six months after the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back the rules.

As part of this shift, oversight of internet protections will shift from the FCC to the Federal Trade Commission.

Internet providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast had to treat all traffic equally.

Blocking: Internet service providers could not discriminate against any lawful content by blocking websites or apps. But that's also confusing because Thune said he actually supports the regulations.

Opinion polls show overwhelming public support for the net neutrality rules.

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Net neutrality was repealed a year ago under an order called the "Restoring Internet Freedom" order.

Most now have service terms that specify they won't give preferential treatment to certain websites and services, including their own. Most major internet providers have publicly pledged not to cherry-pick consumer content, though activists say without enforcement those are largely empty promises.

Big changes could be headed to the internet industry as net neutrality becomes a policy of the past. Nothing is likely to change overnight - if nothing else, the public attention will keep telecoms companies in line for the next few months - but FCC chairman and dubious memer Ajit Pai has taken the opportunity to publish a dubious op-ed in CNET with a bunch more claims that don't add up. Numerous commenters urged the FCC to preserve the government's net neutrality protections, which had treated ISPs similar to utilities. "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". If you're in a football stadium or a basketball coliseum and you want to look at that disputed call, you might want to have your wireless carrier provide you with a higher quality of service so you get to see that video replay, and others who are just taking plain vanilla service might not. AT&T has had a contract with Netflix since 2014, but they don't have a contract with Hulu.

Although the FCC issued a report in January 2017 saying such arrangements, known as 'zero rating, ' are probably anti-consumer, the agency did not require companies to change their practices right away. She is now the only Democratic commissioner left on the FCC, which has been reshaped under President Donald Trump. Those regulations prevented internet providers from blocking or interfering with or discriminating against the content they distribute. In 2015, the FCC stripped the FTC - the nation's premier consumer protection agency - of its authority over internet service providers.

Experts warn a non-neutral net creates an unfair playing field between the mammoth internet companies that can afford to "pay to play" versus start-ups and smaller businesses.

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