Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

End of net neutrality officially begins despite efforts to save it

End of net neutrality officially begins despite efforts to save it

Net neutrality rules which prevented broadband providers from discriminating against certain websites have been officially rolled back in the United States, even as opposition groups fight to save the regulations. The opponents argued that the repeal would open the door for service providers to censor content online or charge additional fees for better service - something that could hurt small companies - and several states have taken steps to impose the rules on a local level.

The bill keeps the core of net neutrality in place, meaning service providers can't throttle speeds, prioritize certain sites or cut deals with some content providers; all now legal nation-wide.

And while net neutrality is polarizing, it is an example of a regulation that both companies and consumers agree on. A third rule banned the practice of paid prioritization, or the offering of the Internet "fast lanes". Consumer groups have charged that when zero-rating plans are used to promote services owned by the broadband providers, or by companies that pay the providers to market them, they are akin to fast lanes.

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. They will have the right to discriminate and favor the Internet traffic of those companies with whom they have pay-for-play arrangements and the right to consign all others to a slow and bumpy road.

Net neutrality has overwhelming public support, noted industry experts. The more realistic goal of the act is to put pressure on Republicans ahead of the 2020 elections - only changes in leadership are likely to have an effect on neutrality rules.

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ISPs' required disclosures "will allow consumers to make an informed decision about which Internet service provider is best for them and give entrepreneurs the information they need as they develop new products and services", Pai wrote. But now, with the repeal of net neutrality, users could soon see differences in their browsing.

Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon and Comcast have a great deal of freedom over how they conduct their business. But far more realistically, we're probably going to see some gradual shifts in our service over time, especially since Comcast backed down on its good-faith promise the day the repeal passed and has previously limited access to peer-to-peer applications.

Although the FCC issued a report in January 2017 saying such arrangements, known as 'zero rating, ' are probably anti-consumer, the agency did not require companies to change their practices right away. In fact, since "net neutrality" and the government's regulation of the internet was implemented by the Obama administration without Congressional authority, investment in the internet has dropped by 5%, which translates to $3 billion in lost investment in only two years.

Broadband providers "remain committed to the principles under which internet innovation has thrived", Mr. Spalter said.

"If certain services are blocked or throttled, they get it", Mr. Doyle said. And states like NY have signed executive orders to keep net neutrality in place.

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