Net Neutrality Is Officially Dead. Here's What's Next

Isaac Cain
June 14, 2018

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat who voted against the repeal, said on Monday that the decision put the FCC "on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public".

An edge provider, for those wondering, is an individual or entity that provides content, applications or services over the internet, or devices for accessing any of those things over the internet, available to end-users, i.e., the consumers. "This was a loss for consumers and a mistake we have reversed", Pai wrote.

The revised rules were a win for ISPs, whose practices faced government oversight and FCC investigations under the 2015 order.

The FCC's repeal of all net neutrality protections has finally gone into effect after six months.

What's Everyone so Worried About? "Our transparency rule will also help ensure that any problematic conduct by Internet service providers is quickly identified and corrected".

Another major concern is that consumers could suffer from pay-to-play deals. They couldn't slow down or block websites and apps of their choosing.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may have made good today on its promise to kill the net neutrality rules created under the Obama administration, but Washington State isn't having any of it. He says small business owners like Black, who sells 99% of his product online, could end up losing customers to these large corporations if they pay for a faster website. For example, in March, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, a Democrat, signed a law that effectively replaced the federal rules.

Those last two should stick out to you, as they have been key points in the debates surrounding net neutrality rules.

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Still, several of these measures have failed, some are still pending, and not every state has taken such actions.

However, in the op-ed Pai does not defend against any of the common arguments for Net Neutrality.

The net neutrality rule is officially ending Monday. "President Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the internet". Some consumers fear a slower Internet and higher costs for broadband delivery. They can improve ARPU from their broadband investments.

"Repealing these rules basically gives companies the ability to do whatever they want", Miller said. And today, that repeal has taken effect. Over 20 state attorneys have filed lawsuits to block the repeal. And in its repeal decision, the FCC explicitly rejects the idea that it has much authority to regulate Internet providers at all. Ed Markey of MA wrote on Twitter.

"Net neutrality ensures equal access to online content regardless of who is providing or requesting information", Florian Schaub, an assistant professor at the University of MI who specializes in internet privacy, wrote in a paper recently published in the academic journal Media and Communication.

Q. What else can we expect next? These providers often serve rural and lower-income areas where better internet access and competition are most desperately needed.

A resolution passed on the Senate in May that if also passed by the House would reverse the FCC's vote and restore the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules.

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