The end of net neutrality is here

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

fccdotgov/FlickrToday, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) repeal of Obama-era "net neutrality" regulations goes into effect.

"Consumers won't notice the shift at first, but over time the internet will become unrecognizable", she said.

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", Pai said in a statement last month.

But net neutrality supporters say that without the rules, the industry will be able to wield an alarming amount of influence over the internet.

Although the FCC's repeal takes effect Monday, it's not the end of the road for net neutrality. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a video statement that while some regulations have been rolled back, the "transparency rule" has been expanded.

Senate Democrats had urged the House of Representatives to vote to reverse the FCC decision before Monday, and still hold out hope of a vote later this year.

Meanwhile, more than 30 states are weighing legislation to restore the net neutrality rules for their residents.

"I support a free and open internet", claims the FCC boss that just demolished rules protecting a free and open internet. We're also waiting to hear whether the Supreme Court will agree to hear a separate lawsuit on net neutrality. In Montana and NY, governors signed executive orders that uphold the Obama-era net neutrality regulations. "It's not going to be easy, but if the whole internet comes together to fight, we can win". The FTC can't take action unless something can clearly be proven to be "unfair or deceptive", something that's tricky to do in the net neutrality realm where anti-competitive behavior is often disguised as routine network management. Basically everyone from consumer advocates to human rights groups and even tech companies supported net neutrality, but, of course, that didn't stop the FCC from overturning it. If House net neutrality supporters can get those last votes, which is unlikely, the decision would still need to be signed by President Trump who is expected to veto it if it ever came to that.

"ISPs could curate what online content and services most people will have access to, and which ones will only be available to those who are willing to and can afford to pay extra", Schaub added. New online services will have a hard time competing if they have to pay to be in the "fast lane".

Wikimedia Today, United States Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Brian Schatz (D-HI), in partnership with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), announced that the U.S. Senate would vote on May ... State officials, members of Congress, technology companies and various advocacy groups are still pushing to save the rules through legislation and litigation.

The reality is that what no one knows exactly what the internet will look like moving forward without net neutrality in place.

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