FCC chair promises consumers will be protected after net neutrality repeal

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FCC chair promises consumers will be protected after net neutrality repeal

After an intense marketing and lobbying campaign, internet companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast convinced the FCC to allow them to slow or restrict access to certain websites.

Some lawmakers, states and tech companies are still fighting to save the rule. Supporters of net neutrality have also said that without regulation, a greater socio-economic digital divide could develop, creating a class of information "haves" and "have nots".

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who spearheaded the deregulatory move, says the repeal will improve broadband service. He said the "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" will only improve the internet for users.

More than 20 states have filed a lawsuit to stop the net neutrality repeal.

Pai calls the FTC the "nation's premier consumer protection agency".

"This was a loss for consumers and a mistake we have reversed".

The original rules laid out a regulatory plan that addressed a rapidly changing internet.

With Net Neutrality coming to an end, there are fewer rules governing how internet service providers can operate. It may also make it harder for the next generation of online services to compete if they have to pay up to be placed in a so-called internet fast lane. The rules that were repealed banned ISPs from blocking websites or apps; ISPs were also banned from throttling or slowing down data due to the nature of content if that content was legal. Earlier this decade, many consumers found their access to Netflix slowed amid a dispute between the streaming video provider and broadband companies over who would pay to upgrade the connections between their networks.

What's Everyone so Worried About?

Advocates argue the repeal of the Obama-era rules will promote faster internet and provide more competition. If you want to use Facebook and Twitter? Under a bundling system, getting on those sites could require paying for a premium social media package.

Some small-business owners are anxious, too, that industry giants could pay to get an edge and leave them on an unfair playing field. They're anxious the providers will charge consumers extra to reach particular sites and services in a speedy manner, either by directly billing them or by charging companies like Netflix, which could be expected to pass on the costs to their subscribers.

The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of its net neutrality rules officially takes effect Monday, but you shouldn't expect your internet experience to change immediately. Politicians on the local and federal levels are working to reinstate the net neutrality rules. After President Donald Trump appointed a new chairman to the FCC, the agency reversed its stance on zero rating and proceeded to kill net neutrality.

OR also enacted a net neutrality law, signed in April and that goes into action in 2019, but it only restricts state agencies and other public bodies from contracting with network providers that don't meet non-discriminatory provisions.

Still, several of these measures have failed, some are still pending, and not every state has taken such actions.

"As long as there's no government regulation, the market will shake itself out".

One day after the net neutrality changes, a federal judge is set to rule on Tuesday on whether AT&T can buy Time Warner.

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