The Federal Communications Committee (FCC) was successful in repealing the net neutrality rules that the previous FCC leadership passed in 2015.
"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", Pai said in a statement last month.
"No one other than the giant cable companies thinks it's a good idea to let the giant cable companies dictate the speed and price of the content you view on the internet", says Rep.
The FCC did away with rules barring internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content. The rules had previously prevented internet providers from charging more for some content or from giving some [paying] websites preferential treatment. "They now have nearly free reign over what content their subscribers will have access to", he wrote. That means no speeding up or slowing down connection speeds, and no blocking of specific websites.
The Federal Trade Commission will be able to investigate if internet providers engage in anticompetitive behavior. To commemorate the occasion, FCC chairman Ajit Pai - the man mainly responsible for the repeal of Net Neutrality - penned an op-ed piece for CNET in which he champions the dissolution of internet regulations.
Net neutrality has overwhelming public support, noted industry experts. "Plain and simple, thanks to the FCC's rollback of Net Neutrality, Internet providers have the legal green light, the technical ability, and business incentive to discriminate and manipulate what we see, read, and learn online".
Whether you're trying to buy a necklace on Etsy, stream a series on Netflix, or upload a photo to Facebook, your internet service provider has to load all of those websites equally quickly.
MI is not one of them. A third rule banned the practice of paid prioritization, or the offering of the Internet "fast lanes".
In the meantime, some ISPs have promised in the absence of the federal net neutrality rules to not slow data or block it, and with state laws in flux and a federal showdown possible, it's unlikely any would push the envelope at present.
"The internet is coming for net neutrality", said Greer.
The new order permits ISPs to throttle, block, or be paid to prioritize certain sites or content, as long as they disclose that they are doing so. And three other states, California, New York and IL, plan to pass their own versions soon. Senate Democrats forced a vote to restore net neutrality through the Congressional Review Act in May.
So net neutrality's path through Congress is an uphill battle, but some are still optimistic that net neutrality will win out in the end.
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