With Net Neutrality coming to an end, there are fewer rules governing how internet service providers can operate.
Happening today: Rules that prevented internet providers (like Comcast) from slowing or speeding up service to some sites (like Netflix) are no longer in effect. Even if the bill passes the House of Representatives, it heads to the White House where chances are almost impossible that President Trump signs the resolution eliminating the first major act of deregulation of his administration.
Ellis SchumerDem leaders condemn Trump after reversal on G-7 communique endorsement Dem lawmaker: Trump conceding "role as leader of the free world" after G-7 summit Schumer: Trump "turning our foreign policy into an worldwide joke" MORE (D-N.Y) is blaming congressional Republicans for the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules, a shift which goes into effect Monday. Though whether anything will change depends on where you live, and what internet service providers choose to do with their newfound freedom. However, Congress can still pass a law to simply reverse the repeal or even improve on the previous net neutrality rules.
The FCC's new rules require ISPs to publicly disclose how they manage traffic, but they charge the Federal Trade Commission with handling complaints should they arise.
More than 20 states have filed a lawsuit to stop the net neutrality repeal. In Montana and NY, governors signed executive orders that uphold the Obama-era net neutrality regulations.
In the op-ed, Pai says that repealing Net Neutrality "will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access, and more competition" while simultaneously preserving the internet as "an open platform where you are free to go where you want".
For anyone who hasn't been following, net neutrality is the concept of treating all internet traffic the same, no matter where it originates from.
"I support a free and open internet", claims the FCC boss that just demolished rules protecting a free and open internet.
Internet service providers now have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content. Almost two dozen states and several companies have sued the government to try and preserve the rules.
In May, the Senate voted to overturn the FCC's repeal of the Obama-era regulations. We're still not creating fast lanes. If House net neutrality supporters can get those last votes, which is unlikely, the decision would still need to be signed by President Trump who is expected to veto it if it ever came to that.
Today marks an official turning point in internet policy in the United States. Several states, including New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and California, have gone so far as to push legislation to enforce the principles of net neutrality within their borders.