Net neutrality dead in US: Top gloomy predictions of internet’s near future

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pushed to overturn his agency's 2015 net neutrality protections

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pushed to overturn his agency's 2015 net neutrality protections

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who spearheaded the deregulatory move, says the repeal will improve broadband service.

To put it simply, internet service providers could start charging companies to ensure their content loads at a decent speed, which is very important if a company is to be successful online. Nine in 10 American households use the internet, according to Pew Research Center, for everything from researching recipes, communicating with friends and family by marking themselves "safe" on Facebook or Googling symptoms of a medical issue to see whether a trip to the emergency room is needed. "That idea sits at the foundation of internet services, reflects how consumers enjoy the internet today, and despite claims to the contrary, has never truly been in jeopardy".

One day after the net neutrality changes, a federal judge is set to rule on Tuesday on whether AT&T can buy Time Warner. "Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access and more competition", Pai wrote.

Wood: It's interesting, because you're describing bundles that, while we may pay more for them, are going to sound consumer-friendly at first. He believes the repeal of net neutrality is bad news for most consumers, "Internet service providers, at their whim, can do pretty much whatever they want to you".


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed to his position by President Trump, drafted the repeal of net neutrality rules for the sake of innovation and increased broadband investment, he said. One of the FTC commissioners had even said that the FCC is setting up FTC to fail. Internet service providers, or ISPs, deny that they would engage in such a practice - yet consumer watchdogs worry that consumers would have little legal recourse if they did. Our goal is simple: better, faster, cheaper internet access for American consumers who are in control of their own online experience. But those rules don't cover every provider in those states, just those that do business with those states' governments.

But both of these approaches are expected to lead to court challenges by the FCC, whose new policy on net neutrality contains explicit language that tries to preempt states from doing exactly what the legislation and executive orders are meant to do. Dozens of other states are considering similar measures. "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. In January, attorneys general in 22 states and the District of Columbia filed a protective petition for review of the order.

Several internet providers made public pledges that they would not block or throttle sites once the rules were repealed. Consumer advocates are concerned that internet providers plan to extend prioritization to the internet.

"At the FCC, we have a transparency rule where every company in the USA has to disclose their business practices, and the Federal Trade Commission is empowered to take action against any company who engages in any anti-competitive conducts", Pai said.

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