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FCC chairman: New order will protect a free and open internet

14 June 2018, 03:40 | Casey Mitchell

Christopher Lomax spoke about his concerns with the net neutrality changes. Source WLBT

Christopher Lomax spoke about his concerns with the net neutrality changes. Source WLBT

The Federal Communications Commission's order to roll back President Obama-era net neutrality protections goes into effect Monday.

"Monday, we are ending this flawed approach and allowing smaller internet service providers to focus their efforts on deploying more broadband, connecting more Americans with digital opportunity, and offering more competition in the marketplace", Pai wrote in a column for CNET published Sunday.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the new rules, known as "Restoring Internet Freedom Order", will provide unrestricted access to online content, minus the burden or regulation.

Rival services like Sling TV and Netflix count video against data caps, essentially making them more expensive to watch.

The concern among net neutrality advocates is that the repeal could give internet providers too much control over how online content is delivered.

Net neutrality regulations are officially gone. Source WLBT
Net neutrality regulations are officially gone. Source WLBT

But while ISPs think they've scored a major victory here by convincing Ajit Pai and the Trump FCC to ignore the public, ignore the experts, and cuddle up to telecom duopolies, this policy middle finger aimed squarely at consumers is likely to result in a policy and political backlash they're going to be navigating for years.

Washington and OR have gone farther, and passed laws that require all ISPs within their borders to offer net neutrality protections.

Since it is now legal for companies to speed up and slow down their services as they wish, customers could be forced to choose between an overall slower service or higher costs.

"It's an uphill fight", says Chris Lewis, VP of Public Knowledge, a tech advocacy group that has urged the House to take action. For now, at least, net neutrality is safe. just as long as you stay in Washington.

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

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Washington's net neutrality rule casts enforcement as a provision of consumer protection in an attempt to avoid stepping into federal telecommunications statutes.

As of today, the end of net neutrality is official. Numerous commenters urged the FCC to preserve the government's net neutrality protections, which had treated ISPs similar to utilities.

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

"The FCC will not have the last word when it comes to net neutrality, the American people will", he said. In 2015, the FCC stripped the FTC - the nation's premier consumer protection agency - of its authority over internet service providers.

"We did it to have a free and open internet", Hansen said.

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The repeal of net neutrality takes the regulation of the internet from the government's hands and places it into the hands of internet providers.

In November, Farhad Manjoo argued in his New York Times column that the internet had already been dying a slow death and that the repeal of net neutrality rules would only hasten its demise.

"We need a referee on the field who can throw a flag", former FCC Chairman and Obama appointee Tom Wheeler said at MIT during a panel discussion in support of rules like those he championed.

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