Ever since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in December to rescind the rules, members of Congress, tech companies, and numerous advocacy groups have fought without success to keep net neutrality in place. With the rules coming off the books, how is your Internet experience likely to change? This, according to Pai, "will allow consumers to make an informed decision about which Internet service provider is best for them". The rules were meant to protect consumers by mandating that ISPs like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast couldn't throttle your internet speeds to make certain content play slower, create internet fast lanes for customers who paid more for content or block certain websites and apps.
These are set to replaced by a set of lighter-touch regulations passed months ago.
Consumers aren't likely to see immediate changes following Monday, June 11, 2018 formal repeal of Obama-era internet rules that had ensured equal treatment for all.
Q. What's the impact of the repeal?More news: After 'difficult' G7 summit, May warns against unilateral action on trade
"The gutting of net neutrality is a symbol of our broken democracy", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight For the Future, in a statement Monday. They don't want their broadband providers blocking websites or censoring content, and this agency gave broadband providers the legal right to do so. The rule stipulates that every ISP must clearly disclose their practices to consumers and that the Federal Trade Commission will regulate any ISP that imposes unfair or deceptive practices.
A spokeswoman for the FCC previously directed CNNMoney to a section of the final order for net neutrality, in which the FCC asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal.
Q. Is my Internet service about to slow to a crawl, like some activists claim? But the companies can't simply promise one thing and blatantly do another, at least not without risking FTC litigation.
Today marks the official first day of a Net Neutrality-free America. As a result, the internet could become more like the TV networks, where you pay for different packages of internet services. But here are a few tactics that have been tried before that have drawn scrutiny under the old net neutrality rules.
Q. Yes, finally! What's an example? 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.
Q. Isn't Congress trying to reverse the repeal? Net neutrality is dead. It has already passed the Senate.More news: First Game Of Thrones Prequel Pilot Ordered | News
Q. What are its chances in the House?
But this isn't a solution for some supporters.
If the resolution gets a vote in the House, it may not succeed. Even if it succeeds, President Donald Trump is not expected to sign it.
The way the internet is regulated in the United States is about to change. But if they start filing lawsuits, we'll know they're full of shit.
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