Internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends in the U.S.
12 June, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Mary Valdez
In May, a bill was approved in the Senate to save net neutrality rules. If the only providers that can serve state governments are those that observe net neutrality, these states reason, then it could shape what services consumers are offered, too. We still don't and won't block, throttle or discriminate against lawful content.
Across the country, state officials have moved to keep net neutrality rules in place on their turf. It's hard to say what specific changes you might experience; part of the whole point of undoing the net neutrality rules is that Internet providers will begin to experiment with all-new business models we haven't seen before. Under Chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC classified broadband internet as a Title II service, putting it in line with utilities like telephone service and electricity.
When fighting against the 2015 net neutrality rules, the ISPs said nearly in unison that they would prefer to leave net neutrality rules to Congress instead of the FCC.
Two states, OR and Washington, have passed net neutrality laws and 29 states are considering legislation, which could lead to new legal battles over Internet laws.
Martin said broadband providers probably won't mess with existing services like Netflix, as that could alienate consumers.
In response to the state action, USTelecom is "exploring legal action", said Spalter, citing the FCC's order explicitly preempting states from acting on net neutrality. 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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"ISPs could curate what online content and services most people will have access to, and which ones will only be available to those who are willing to and can afford to pay extra", Schaub added. In his view, removing the rule will open the floodgates to corporate investment, ultimately providing faster and more widespread internet access. So far, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have passed net neutrality legislation and California's Senate passed a net neutrality bill last month. In addition, states can not "make their own internet policy" under current federal law.
Starting today, the internet is going to be different. Obama-era federal regulations prevented Internet providers from slowing, blocking or charging websites special fees to get their content in front of users.
A group of 22 states have sued the FCC over the repeal. However, Congress can still pass a law to simply reverse the repeal or even improve on the previous net neutrality rules.
DOJ lawyers have argued that AT&T's deal would lead to higher prices for consumers, especially if the combined company withheld popular channels, like CNN or TNT, until other cable providers paid higher rates to carry them.
Why was net neutrality repealed?
Tech companies such as Netflix, Spotify and Snap echoed similar concerns in regulatory filings.
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