Schumer blames congressional GOP for net neutrality repeal

Ajit Pai chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, pauses while speaking during an open meeting in Washington D.C. U.S. on Thursday Nov. 16 2017

West Kentucky Community and Technical College Internet Technology Director Ruby Rodgers says anyone who is scared right now may not have anything to worry about just yet.

Net neutrality rules enacted under former President Barack Obama expired Monday, completing a move past year by the Federal Communications Commission to end the protections.

We talked to the owner of Mad Mike's Computer Repair, who says that how much ISPs decide to block or slow down websites and apps may depend on whether people keep or leave their providers.

The Obama era mandate gave consumers equal access and equal speeds to all content on the internet.

A fierce debate has surrounded the concept of net neutrality. Instead, the agency will only require providers to publicly disclose how they treat internet traffic, and will leave it up to the Federal Trade Commission to make sure they are doing what they said and aren't being anticompetitive.

Without net neutrality, internet providers may pursue similar offers more aggressively.

"On the day net neutrality repeal takes effect, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai retreats to Fox to avoid criticism", Media Matters tweeted Monday afternoon.

Consumers won't notice changes any time soon, as the new rules will take a while to take effect.

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Pai argues that net neutrality was part of the FCC's regulatory overreach during the Obama administration.

Over the past six months, tech companies, small businesses, consumers and lawmakers have tried to prevent Monday's repeal from happening, but to no avail. We're still not creating fast lanes.

Opinion polls show overwhelming public support for the net neutrality rules. T-Mobile, for example, was criticized by net neutrality supporters for effectively making it cheaper for customers to stream videos from Netflix and HBO, putting other video services at a disadvantage.

No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration - in other words, no "fast lanes".

Another misleading ISP claim is that they want to get rid of Title II, and not net neutrality rules in general. The FCC voted to repeal those protections in December saying that the rules were too heavy handed. Net neutrality is dead. At least 29 states have introduced more than 65 bills aimed at protecting net neutrality and seven states - Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont - enacted executive orders that made it illegal for state agencies to enter contracts with ISPs that don't uphold net neutrality.

The Internet Association said Monday that the "internet industry remains committed to restoring net neutrality protections through the courts, legislation, and administrative action".

The end of "net neutrality" is going to majorly affect the way internet-service providers do business, but how noticeable will the changes be for you, the customer?

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