Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends

Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends

Now that the rules are gone, Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service's Kent Portney, director of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy says we will likely begin to see changes to our internet service.

Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communication Commission building in Washington, D.C., against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017. Or they could block websites or apps that offer competing services to their own.

Along with allowing ISPs to more deeply affect what content you see and the speed with which you can access it, the new rules also shift oversight away from the FCC and over to the FTC.

A fierce debate has surrounded the concept of net neutrality.

Internet providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast had to treat all traffic equally.

Pai says he believes the net neutrality rules adopted during the Obama administration discourage internet providers from making investments in their network to provide better, faster online access. "These positive and profound benefits of a free and open internet - among many others - are here to stay".

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The net neutrality rules were approved by the FCC in 2015 amid an outpouring of online support. The rules also restricted ISPs from charging extra for certain traffic, creating so-called fast lanes for companies and consumers.

The rollback of net neutrality has begun. "Democrats are fighting in the courts and in the Congress to protect Americans' interests and restore these vital protections, and we will continue to demand a vote on Congressman Mike Doyle's resolution to force a vote to restore net neutrality".

Although the FCC's repeal takes effect Monday, it's not the end of the road for net neutrality. And California bill moving through the state legislature would go one step beyond that would go one step beyond that by banning all zero-rating programs altogether. 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. But here are a few tactics that have been tried before that have drawn scrutiny under the old net neutrality rules.

The Obama-era federal regulations known as net neutrality are done - at least for now. ISPs will have to disclose any changes they make as part of the deregulation, so consumers should have access to updated information about data caps, paid prioritization or any other changes a service provider may make.

As for Congress, the Senate issued a vote to overturn the decision in May and the House of Representatives now has the opportunity to do the same. Governors in five states-Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont-have signed executive orders similar to Oregon's law covering service to the states. The Senate already voted in favor of the effort, which now faces tougher odds in terms of getting a House vote and avoiding a veto by President Trump.

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