Net neutrality is no more. Here's what that means

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The ISPs are essentially breaking that contract with the users when they start picking and choosing which services to deliver at normal speed.

"I think we can all agree that the packets directing autonomous cars, robotic surgeries, or public safety communications must not drop".

"Absolutely. I'm for net neutrality", said Wilson.

With the end of net neutrality, Broadband providers insist they won't do anything that harms the "internet experience" for consumers.

Having visited many states and small-town America, he reported that many people felt they were "on the wrong side of the digital divide ..." Those rules required online service providers to treat all internet traffic the same without slowing or blocking content from competing providers.

Beginning Monday, however, the USA government no longer explicitly prohibits those practices. The new approach effective Monday hands much of the responsibility for enforcing violations to the Federal Trade Commission, a sister agency.

After the commission voted to repeal the rules in December, it faced a public outcry, legal challenges from state attorneys general and public interest groups, and a push by Democratic lawmakers to overturn the decision. Earlier this decade, many consumers found their access to Netflix slowed amid a dispute between the streaming video provider and broadband companies over who would pay to upgrade the connections between their networks. After an intense marketing and lobbying campaign, internet companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast convinced the FCC to allow them to slow or restrict access to certain websites. VTel wrote to say that "regulating broadband like legacy telephone service would not create any incentives for VTel to invest in its network".

Pai calls the FTC the "nation's premier consumer protection agency".

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But some of the staunchest advocates of net neutrality protections insist the telecom industry's commitments to not block or charge more for the delivery of some content are insufficient, while the FTC lacks the expertise and authority to hold them to account. Senate Democrats forced a vote to restore net neutrality through the Congressional Review Act in May.

The Federal Communications Commission rollback of net neutrality went into effect today.

Washington became the first state to set up their own net neutrality requirements in March when Governor Jay Inslee signed a measure with bipartisan support.

The fate of net neutrality is likely to last throughout the remainder of the year, if not longer based on the push for legislation.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a vocal supporter of the Obama-era rules, reiterated her criticism of the repeal.

The earlier administration - under President Barack Obama - had asked internet providers to face strict regulations, arguing consumers needed protection from internet provider practices and said internet providers could engage in reasonable conduct.

Pai claimed in a CNET op-ed that the repeal preserves the Internet as "an open platform where you are free to go where you want" and that it "will protect consumers and promote better, faster Internet access and more competition". To do away with it, the FCC's order had to be approved by the Office of Budget and Management.

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