Net Neutrality Rules Roll Back

Net Neutrality Rules Roll Back

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.

A number of states have tried to get around the FCC's repeal by either developing legislation laying out their own net neutrality rules, or by issuing gubernatorial executive orders that limit which Internet providers can do business with the state. The old rules, called Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, prohibited internet providers from blocking or slowing down websites or prioritizing their content over others.

Paid-prioritization, enables ISPs to charge access fees to content providers like Google, Facebook, and Netflix in order to send content to consumers.

A fierce debate has surrounded the concept of net neutrality. If companies like Comcast and AT&T can charge more for "internet packages" the same way they charge different prices for cable TV packages, Schaub said people who are already struggling to pay their bills may suffer.

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Ajit Pai, whom President Trump named to be his new FCC chairman, and who spearheaded the repeal of the net-neutrality rules, killed that inquiry soon after assuming the chairmanship. "We agree that internet users should have the freedom to go anywhere on the internet or to run any application with confidence that internet traffic will in no way be blocked or throttled", the organization said in a statement.

Several states are rushing to pass new net neutrality laws to replace the FCC rules. The repeal takes effect six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to undo them.

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.

Net neutrality is no longer the law of the land.

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There are many outspoken opponents of the FCC's move, though, including state governments, tech companies, rights groups and attorneys general.

Under the rules, internet service providers were required to treat all online content the same.

The more realistic goal of the act is to put pressure on Republicans ahead of the 2020 elections - only changes in leadership are likely to have an effect on neutrality rules. But here are a few tactics that have been tried before that have drawn scrutiny under the old net neutrality rules.

The FTC would theoretically file lawsuits against ISPs that make net neutrality promises and then break them.

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But, in December, the FCC voted to repeal the rules. In Montana and NY, governors signed executive orders that uphold the Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The measure aims to restore the agency's net neutrality rules as if the repeal had never happened.

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