Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled

Danny Woods
June 11, 2018

In May, a bill was approved in the Senate to save net neutrality rules.

Ultimately, the FCC said these lawsuits and executive orders will not stop the repeal of the rules.

Although the FCC's repeal takes effect Monday, it's not the end of the road for net neutrality. "Consumers want an open Internet".

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While it's unclear what the repeal will look like for consumers in the U.S., advocacy group Free Press has cited numerous examples of behaviors pre-dating net neutrality laws in advocating against the repeal.

Under the new rules, the Federal Trade Commission will be the agency to handle complaints about broadband privacy and unfair or deceptive business practices by ISPs.

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"It's now as clear as day to every American that - with the exception of three Republicans in the Senate - their Republican representatives in the Congress chose to protect special interests and the biggest corporates over middle-class families, average consumers, entrepreneurs and anyone who relies on the free and open internet", Schumer said. It also gives them the freedom to charge people more money for faster access, which would likely make the entire internet slower for everyone else.

There are a few states that are battling the repeal of net neutrality within their own governments, both NY and Washington have already passed legislation that stops or discourages internet providers from favoring content. California is now in the process of passing a similar law, which will give users stricter protections that those under the Obama Era net neutrality rules. "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".

For now, we are in a wait and see mode to see what happens next.

"In the House, we'll need 218 lawmakers to sign on to a "discharge petition" in order to force a vote past leadership to the floor", the coalition's website outlines. "But then in 2015, the FCC chose a different course". Additionally, 22 states' and Washington DC's attorneys general have filed a lawsuit alongside almost a dozen other groups, challenging the FCC decision.

The Internet Association said Monday that the "internet industry remains committed to restoring net neutrality protections through the courts, legislation, and administrative action". The idea was that all Internet traffic should be treated equally by broadband providers.

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