Net Neutrality Is Officially Gone. Here's How This Will Affect You

Net Neutrality Is Officially Gone. Here's How This Will Affect You

It could mean service providers will charge their customers more.

Pai also says that a different agency - the Federal Trade Commission - will "police internet service providers for anticompetitive acts and unfair or deceptive practices".

While the move was supported by the telecom industry, it has faced fierce resistance from others.

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

"The Senate has voted to overturn the FCC order that killed off net neutrality", Doyle said.

The battle isn't entirely over, though. And three other states, California, New York and IL, plan to pass their own versions soon. That order has now gone into effect, which means the net neutrality rules have been canceled.

"We did it to have a free and open internet", Hansen said.

Until now, anyone who uses any website has grown accustomed to a certain level of speed and service.

The US has officially repealed rules that governed the way net providers treated the data that travelled across their networks.

Companies are likely to start testing the boundaries over the next six months to a year.

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"Consumers won't notice the shift at first, but over time the internet will become unrecognizable", she said.

The Federal Communications Commission's rules preventing Internet service providers from blocking or slowing legal traffic, or charging for faster delivery of some content, passed with much fanfare in 2015, are history as of Monday. For now, at least, net neutrality is safe. just as long as you stay in Washington.

For example, ISPs could change their terms of service to censor content deemed offensive or immoral.

E-commerce startups have feared that they could end up on the losing end of paid prioritization, with their websites and services loading more slowly than those run by internet behemoths.

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. At the dawn of the commercial internet, President Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the internet.

"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", Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and a staunch supporter of net neutrality, told CNNMoney.

Tech companies such as Netflix, Spotify and Snap echoed similar concerns in regulatory filings. Consumer groups have charged that when zero-rating plans are used to promote services owned by the broadband providers, or by companies that pay the providers to market them, they are akin to fast lanes. AT&T, already the country's second-largest wireless network, stands to gain a content trove from Time Warner that includes HBO and CNN - leading the Justice Department, which filed the lawsuit, to argue that the company could harm its rivals.

A group of 22 states have sued the FCC over the repeal.

Washington and OR now have their own net neutrality laws, and a bill is pending in California's legislature.

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