Your internet use could change as ‘net neutrality’ ends

Your internet use could change as ‘net neutrality’ ends

Your internet use could change as ‘net neutrality’ ends

The principle was born as regulators, consumer advocates and internet companies voiced concern about what broadband companies could do with their power as the gateway to the internet - blocking or slowing down apps that rival their own services, for example.

Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman, led the repeal of the net neutrality rules and continued to argue that the new system will be better for consumers and provide companies with incentive to invest in more broadband internet access. Though whether anything will change depends on where you live, and what internet service providers choose to do with their newfound freedom.

"Cable and phone companies won't start misbehaving right away, because they know they're being watched", Evan Greer, deputy director of the digital rights group Fight for the Future, said in a statement.

Net neutrality ended six months after the FCC voted to scrub the previous rules, despite widespread public opposition to the decision. The disclosures are essentially a get-out-of-jail-free card-the new FCC regime specifically allows ISPs to block, throttle, or prioritize content in exchange for payment as long as the ISPs disclose the fact that they're doing so. If you need a brush up on what net neutrality was and what it meant for you, check out our story on that here. Others, including the governors of Montana and NY, used executive orders to force net neutrality. The chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai says, "Everybody in the internet economy is better off with a market-based approach".


What exactly is net neutrality?

But as the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of the rules takes effect, states are pushing their own laws to protect their version of a free and open Internet.

The rules oblige Internet service providers, or ISPs, to enable access of all content and applications, regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

Probably not. You won't even see the direct effects of this repeal immediately. Now the vote goes the House, which has until the end of the year to bring to a vote. "In 2015, the FCC stripped the FTC-the nation's premier consumer protection agency- of its authority over internet service providers".

The Senate voted 52-47 last month to overturn the FCC's plan, but the House, which is doesn't intend to take up the issue-making the Senate's move largely symbolic. Pai's administration announced its initial review of net neutrality practices over the summer, prompting tech companies like reddit and Netflix to simulate a slower Internet. The rules also banned paid prioritization, preventing any internet fast lane for those who paid a premium. Some states, like New Jersey, Washington, and California, have been actively working on state laws that would keep net neutrality alive within their jurisdictions.

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