Would you rather have net neutrality or an open internet?

Joanna Estrada
June 13, 2018

For example, we empower the Federal Trade Commission to police internet service providers for anticompetitive acts and unfair or deceptive practices.

Another might be getting unlimited wireless access to a mobile app that your Internet provider owns, while usage of other apps continues to count against your monthly data cap. "That may be true next week, but over time I suspect they will start violating".

However, it's possible that access could slow anyway. The slowdown was only fixed after Netflix agreed to pay for the upgrades.

Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon and Comcast have a great deal of freedom over how they conduct their business. Thanks to the repeal, the FCC no longer has that authority. Of course, these commitments could change in the future, and indeed, some close observers have noticed subtle shifts in Comcast's promises already. For consumers at home, it's still unclear how and whether this will affect your internet speeds. Without rules prohibiting paid prioritization, a fast lane could be occupied by big internet and media companies, as well as affluent households, while everyone else would be left in the slow lane. "And that's what the FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order will deliver", he writes in a new op-ed. "Ever", Bob Quinn, AT&T's senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs, said in the February blog post. This means that if a consumer doesn't like the service their local ISP offers, they have no other company to choose instead. For instance, recently I heard from a rural broadband provider in Vermont called VTel. Now, though, they can technically block anything - which, if it happened, could lead to things like political censorship or the blocking of websites that publish independent journalism.

Pai argued that net neutrality created a disincentive for internet services to invest in their networks. And remember how it seemed like it was taking forever to implement the new (lack of) rules?

Probably not. You won't even see the direct effects of this repeal immediately.

Still, the providers have seem to be paving the way to make changes. Our goal is simple: better, faster, cheaper internet access for American consumers who are in control of their own online experience.

"The FCC will not have the last word when it comes to net neutrality, the American people will", he said.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who spearheaded the deregulatory move, says the repeal will improve broadband service.

Do the states have any say about this?

. According to the National Council of State Legislatures, governors in six states - New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Hawaii - have signed executive orders upholding net neutrality, and three - Washington, Vermont and OR - have enacted legislation that does so.

Several states have taken measures to ensure the rules stay in effect. In California, SB 822 is scheduled for Assembly committee hearings this month after the state senate approved it at the end of May.

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