Net neutrality rules are repealed. Here's what could happen next

Eileen GuzmanJun 12, 2018

In a statement at the time, FCC chairman Ajit Pai framed the upcoming repeal as removing burdensome regulations. According to the National Council of State Legislatures, governors in six states - New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Hawaii - have signed executive orders upholding net neutrality, and three - Washington, Vermont and OR - have enacted legislation that does so. For example, an ISP could charge a base fee for basic internet, and $5 extra for a social media package that includes Facebook and Twitter, or a $10 entertainment package that bundles in streaming music as well.

Supporters of net neutrality say killing the protections lets ISPs charge more and limit online access. "That idea sits at the foundation of internet services, reflects how consumers enjoy the internet today, and despite claims to the contrary, has never truly been in jeopardy".

"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.

The FCC changes were passed last December, shepherded by Trump-appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who says the new lighter-touch rules are more market-friendly than the "utility-style regulation" in the Obama-era. In addition, states can not "make their own internet policy" under current federal law.

That means that internet providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon will be able to block, throttle and otherwise interfere with online content without any real legal consequences.

"The American people know they can not trust their internet service providers to do the right thing and protect a free and open internet unless there are strict rules in place", Sen.

The California state Senate passed a net neutrality bill on Wednesday. Poll after poll after poll after poll shows large majorities of Republican voters in opposition to the FCC's repeal.

"The gutting of net neutrality is a symbol of our broken democracy", said consumer group Fight for the Future.

At the FCC, Pai said the agency is "keeping all options on the table".

As you surf the internet, you might not notice anything different.

A few blocks away from the FCC, another legal battle is crescendoing: the Justice Department's war with AT&T over its $85 billion bid to buy Time Warner, announced in October 2016.

Why was net neutrality repealed?

Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat on the FCC, said in prepared remarks Saturday that the FCC had puts itself "on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public".

But Republicans at the FCC maintain that existing law is sufficient to guard against misbehavior, even as telecom companies gobble one another up.

Looking for news you can trust? Romm is a technology policy reporter at The Washington Post.

Tech companies such as Netflix, Spotify and Snap echoed similar concerns in regulatory filings.

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