How will the end of net neutrality affect you?

Sergio Cunningham
June 12, 2018

"In the short-run, we'll see that internet service providers will recruit higher-end users, knowing that they can take speed and service away from you and me in order to provide that faster service to higher-end customers who are paying more", Portney said.

Net neutrality protections, first put in place during the Obama administration, will end on June 11.

A new set of rules at the Federal Communications Commission went into effect Monday, ending consumer protections that assure equal legal broadband access that doesn't slow or block certain sources.

Net neutrality means that Internet providers have to treat everyone equally online.

While the now-defunct net neutrality rules didn't specifically address interchange disputes, they did give the FCC broad latitude to oversee the "general conduct" of broadband providers to determine if the companies were being anticompetitive or interfering with customers' ability to access internet sites and services.

At least 22 states have filed suit with the FCC over the repeal and many have passed their own net neutrality laws. In Montana and NY, governors signed executive orders that uphold the Obama-era net neutrality regulations.

A number of states have tried to get around the FCC's repeal by either developing legislation laying out their own net neutrality rules, or by issuing gubernatorial executive orders that limit which Internet providers can do business with the state.

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However, in the op-ed Pai does not defend against any of the common arguments for Net Neutrality.

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", Pai said in a statement last month. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the Obama-era regulations in December. But what's more likely to occur are subtle changes to your Internet experience that you may or may not notice.

The Senate voted 52-47 last month to overturn the FCC's plan, but the House, which is doesn't intend to take up the issue-making the Senate's move largely symbolic.

Today marks an official turning point in internet policy in the United States.

They prevent those providers, the largest being Comcast, AT & T, and Verizon from blocking internet content, throttling bandwidth and enabling paid prioritization for specific websites.

Some states are trying to ensure that net neutrality is in effect, these states include Washington, Montana, and NY; other states have legislation pending. They will have the right to discriminate and favor the Internet traffic of those companies with whom they have pay-for-play arrangements and the right to consign all others to a slow and bumpy road. Some states, like New Jersey, Washington, and California, have been actively working on state laws that would keep net neutrality alive within their jurisdictions.

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