Net Neutrality Is Officially Dead
Original Net Neutrality regulations, enacted in 2015, classified broadband service as a Title II utility under the Communications Act. Basically, ISPs could not discriminate against any legal content. Nor could ISPs slow down access to websites or services based on their content if they were lawful
Net neutrality is dead. Additionally, ISPs could not create “fast lanes,” which give consumers or companies who paid an extra fee faster service.
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rollback of net neutrality protections officially kicked in on Monday, June 11, 2018. Find out that this means to you here.
Net Neutrality is the idea that all traffic on the internet is treated equally. In 2015, under President Barack Obama, a Democrat-led FCC passed rules that barred broadband companies from slowing or blocking access to certain websites or services. It also prohibited internet service providers from charging companies a fee to access customers more quickly.
The Federal Communications Commission's Net Neutrality rules will be no more in two months: The agency has taken the final step in removing the regulations from its rule book. This action starts the clock for legal challenges and last-ditch congressional action to preserve the Obama-era regulations.
But that may not be the end of the story. Dozens of groups are expected to file lawsuits challenging the repeal, and Democrats in Congress will push to reverse the FCC's action. Read here for the latest!
The group, known as the Internet Association, clearly stated for the first time that large tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are not only against the repeal, but they will stake their well-being on overturning it. See the video above and get the latest info here.
Montana’s governor signed an executive order today that would force internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules, even while the FCC has repealed those rules nationally.
Officials in states around the country have already pledged to fight for net neutrality rules in their jurisdictions and nationally. Most visibly, 22 attorneys general signed on to a lawsuit last week to block the FCC from repealing the rules. This article details how states are beginning to fight the Federal Net-Neutrality ruling despite it not allowing individual states to override the ruling.
The repeal of Net Neutrality ushers in a new chapter of the internet that could eventually transform the way Americans communicate, shop and consume information online. Critics foresee an eventual fracturing of the internet, as some websites and streaming services get a speed advantage over others. And they fear the internet will someday look more like cable TV, with providers acting as gatekeepers, channeling people into bundled packages of websites, apps and services rather than offering unfettered access to the web. Find out here how this heavily disputed issue will affect you!
If there's one thing that both sides can agree on, it's that the internet is increasingly central to our lives. Any change to how it's regulated is a hot button issue. Net Neutrality advocates worry how repeal will impact the next Netflix. Upstart companies may struggle to strike deals with providers and pay up to have their content delivered faster. That could fundamentally alter the future internet landscape. So what does this mean and how will if affect you? Get the latest here!
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted this past Thursday, December 14th, to dismantle its Net Neutrality regulations. But that won’t end the fight over rules that prohibit internet service providers from creating fast lanes for some content, while blocking or throttling others. What will happen to the internet as we knew it now? What will happen next? Is the fight over? Read here for the scoop!
For those not familiar with Net-Neutrality, the law prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from dictating the types of content customers can access on the internet. With Net Neutrality, ISPs must treat all traffic sources the same. Net Neutrality creates an even playing field among content providers — both large and small — to the web. And it's great for consumers because they can access everything they want online for no extra charge. So for example, ISPs cannot currently charge Netflix extra for better movie streaming bandwidth. Right now, consumers control what they see online — not ISPs — and that's thanks to Net Neutrality. Read here for more on understanding Net Neutrality.
Without Net Neutrality, which that Trump adminstration is pushing the FCC to undo, an ISP could chose to block or slow speeds to/from certain websites, or give preferable treatment to content that it owned or had partnerships with. Ajit Pai, who was nominated to head the FCC by Trump in January, has said undoing the net neutrality rules was one of his top priorities, arguing that the regulation stifled innovation and was an example of government overreach.
What does this mean to you? If you are a business owner, it could likely affect both your website and email, directly. For example: if the company hosting your website and/or email has a dispute with your ISP, the ISP could elect to stop allowing internet traffic from the hosting company and thus your website + email! This would result in your company presence literally falling off the face of the map. No one would see or find your website. All emails sent to you would be returned as deliverable; they would not store up and flood in when/if service was returned. If there is an appeal between the ISP and hosting company with the Government, the ISP and hosting company may not temporarily activate your website and email during the appeal waiting period which could take years.
What can you do about it? The plan to roll back Net Neutrality is scheduled to be approved by the Republican-led FCC as early as its Dec. 14 meeting. This means you have 3 weeks to contact your congressman, senator and sign every petition you can get your hands on.
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