Net Neutrality Officially Expired. Now States Are Passing Their Own Laws

Net neutrality ends this Monday June 11th motion to keep it alive could die in the House

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The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules was voted on past year, and it finally comes into effect today (June 11).

Internet service providers now have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content.

It was put in place by the Obama Administration but President Trump made a decision to scrap the rule in December.

Although the FCC's repeal takes effect Monday, it's not the end of the road for net neutrality.

But critics claim that the FCC's new rules could invite internet service provides an opportunity to slow down its competitors' content. Pai told CBS that the Federal Trade Commission will work to prevent such cases of "bad apples in the internet economy" from taking place.

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In the op-ed, Pai says that repealing Net Neutrality "will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access, and more competition" while simultaneously preserving the internet as "an open platform where you are free to go where you want". Supporters of net neutrality have also said that without regulation, a greater socio-economic digital divide could develop, creating a class of information "haves" and "have nots".

The way the internet is regulated in the United States is about to change. On Thursday, with the official repeal date looming, dozens of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the issue. This, according to Pai, "will allow consumers to make an informed decision about which Internet service provider is best for them". It will head to the State Assembly, where hearings will begin in June and must be voted on by the end of August. "And in the medium- to long-term, I think we're going to see more investment in high-speed networks, particularly in rural areas that are hard to serve".

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", said Pai, per a CNN report. In 2015, the FCC approved a set of regulations on ISPs.

The Internet Association said Monday that the "internet industry remains committed to restoring net neutrality protections through the courts, legislation, and administrative action". Additionally, 22 states' and Washington DC's attorneys general have filed a lawsuit alongside almost a dozen other groups, challenging the FCC decision. "Plain and simple, thanks to the FCC's rollback of Net Neutrality, Internet providers have the legal green light, the technical ability, and business incentive to discriminate and manipulate what we see, read, and learn online".

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