The repeal of "net neutrality" took effect six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to undo the rules, which had barred broadband and cellphone companies from favoring their own services and discriminating against rivals such as Netflix. Telecoms are now free to block, slow, or otherwise discriminate against online content and services. However, the Obama administration inappropriately gave the FCC overly broad authority through "net neutrality" to regulate the internet.
In Monday's op-ed, he repeated his argument that the internet thrived without net neutrality rules in place for most of its existence. Continue reading to find out what changes today and what lies ahead for the charged issue.
Big changes could be headed to the internet industry as net neutrality becomes a policy of the past. Some consumers fear a slower Internet and higher costs for broadband delivery. "Americans in every state and across the political spectrum support rules that ban ISPs from blocking, throttling, and prioritising web traffic". It may sound like a miracle, but it's actually just HB 2282, a bill that passed in March that protects net neutrality and a free and open internet.More news: Steam finally adds voice chat and flexible friend lists in new beta
The end of net neutrality could make cable giants like Comcast even richer.
As part of this shift, oversight of internet protections will shift from the FCC to the Federal Trade Commission.
"June 11 is significant because it will be the first time in the over 15 year battle over net neutrality that the FCC will have essentially no role in preserving an open internet and overseeing the broadband market", said Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. Others point out that the FTC, which oversees consumer protection for every corner of the USA economy, already has its hands full. The Senate last month passed a Congressional Review Act measure 52-47 aiming to overturn the 2017 measure (the CRA is a quick way to overturn newly-passed regulations within 60 legislative days of passage). 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.More news: Huge data breach at United Kingdom tech retailer
"Those "fast lanes" will put those who won't or can not pay in the slow lane, making the internet look a lot like cable TV", Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and a staunch supporter of net neutrality, told CNNMoney.
"If the companies decide we don't like this particular organization or what they stand for so we're not going to let it go out to the people that we provide services to". ISPs may also sue the state, although no lawsuits have yet been reported. Nor could they charge Netflix and other video services extra to reach viewers more smoothly.
Yet, some fear it's also possible internet providers will one day effectively charge customers more to access services like Netflix that are now included as part of your monthly bill.More news: How did Mark Sanford lose last night? Take a guess
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.