Consumers’ Internet Use Could Change As ‘Net Neutrality’ Ends

Ajit Pai chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, pauses while speaking during an open meeting in Washington D.C. U.S. on Thursday Nov. 16 2017

Ajit Pai chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, pauses while speaking during an open meeting in Washington D.C. U.S. on Thursday Nov. 16 2017

Supporters of the repeal say that it will remove problematic regulations. At least until those companies threw oodles of cash at the Ajit Pai FCC in exchange for eliminating them.

Pai was also interviewed on CBS and denied that ISPs are likely to violate net neutrality principles despite the past examples of Comcast throttling BitTorrent and AT&T blocking FaceTime.

Whether you're trying to buy a necklace on Etsy, stream a series on Netflix, or upload a photo to Facebook, your internet service provider has to load all of those websites equally quickly.

Experts warn a non-neutral net creates an unfair playing field between the mammoth internet companies that can afford to "pay to play" versus start-ups and smaller businesses. Among other things, the net neutrality rules required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content.

According to a statement from the FCC, the agency is on track to remove the rules as planned. The disclosures are essentially a get-out-of-jail-free card-the new FCC regime specifically allows ISPs to block, throttle, or prioritize content in exchange for payment as long as the ISPs disclose the fact that they're doing so.

Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change - though not right away - following Monday's official repeal of Obama-era internet protections. Now Comcast Cable president Dave Watson posted a blog post today to reconfirm Comcast's "committed to an open internet". "I think that's insane".

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", said Pai, per a CNN report.

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For now, we are in a wait and see mode to see what happens next. Some experts say that could give big companies pause about embarking on new strategies that could become illegal again in a few years. The repeal will also let ISPs charge websites or online services for priority access to consumers. Consumer advocates are concerned that internet providers plan to extend prioritization to the internet.

A coalition of pro net-neutrality organizations has named Monday, June 11, as "Neutrality Action Day", and they're encouraging members to spread their messages on social media and contact their local representatives in the House. In January, attorneys general in 22 states and the District of Columbia filed a protective petition for review of the order.

Meanwhile, legal battles against the FCC rollback of net neutrality are still underway. "The Internet is coming for net neutrality".

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