Federal Net Neutrality Protections Have Officially Been Repealed

Wake-up call

ISPs formerly made the case that net neutrality failed to allow them to recoup the costs incurred in linking their networks to content providers, often citing Netflix, which consumes a double-digit percentage of all Internet traffic in the United States during peak hours. Now control over regulating the internet moves from the FCC to the Federal Trade Commision FTC.

The repeal of net neutrality takes the regulation of the internet from the government's hands and places it into the hands of internet providers. Continue reading to find out what changes today and what lies ahead for the charged issue.

"We once again call on Congress to pass, this year, a law protecting the core principles of an open internet - no blocking, no throttling, no censorship, no unfair discrimination based on online content - and including robust consumer privacy protections that apply to all entities in the internet ecosystem and no matter how consumers access the internet".

The broadband providers typically frame this issue as wanting to be able to give special treatment to certain applications, where having extremely low lag times could mean the difference between life and death.

Today marks the first day of a post-net neutrality world, one in which rules introduced during the Obama administration under previous FCC chairman Tom Wheeler are officially repealed.

Pai's primary defense of the FCC's new lax rules on ISPs is the "transparency rule", which requires ISPs to notify consumers of any policies that violate previous Net Neutrality guidelines.

The federal repeal of rules governing net neutrality will free internet service providers to create slow and fast lanes, or to prefer certain types of online traffic over others.

"I think we can all agree that the packets directing autonomous cars, robotic surgeries, or public safety communications must not drop". If you're a fan of Netflix, for example, net neutrality holds that you should be able to watch its shows without running into impediments your ISP puts up that are created to push you toward a competing service, such as Hulu.

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Yesterday marked the end of U.S. government rules regarding net neutrality, but the new policy faces legal challenges from individual states, some of which have also developed their own rules on the matter. "The Internet is coming for net neutrality".

They can also set up "fast lanes" for preferred services - in turn, relegating everyone else to 'slow lanes'.

The net neutrality rules said companies had to treat all data equally. "Their wisest course of action will be to eliminate net neutrality like a slow drip over time in the hope that consumers won't notice and will stop caring".

Ajit Pai, in an op-ed piece published today, championed the end of Net Neutrality regulations.

"It's patently illegal for the states to make their own internet policy", said Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who served on President Trump's transition team for the FCC.

But they could start charging extra for services not yet offered.

Washington and OR have gone farther, and passed laws that require all ISPs within their borders to offer net neutrality protections.

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