Monday marks the end of net neutrality rules in the USA, following GOP members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voting to end the protections past year. The decision went into effect on Monday. ISPs formerly made the case that net neutrality failed to allow them to recoup the costs incurred in linking their networks to content providers, often citing Netflix, which consumes a double-digit percentage of all Internet traffic in the United States during peak hours. "Our goal is simple: better, faster, cheaper internet access for American consumers who are in control of their own online experience".
The issue of net neutrality has sparked intense debate in the US since last April when FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, announced that under his leadership the FCC would repeal landmark net neutrality rules created under President Obama in 2015. The FCC's new rules also require ISPs disclose publicly any blocking or throttling they engage in, as well as reveal any deal in which they prioritize traffic. Under its principles, Internet providers shouldn't interfere with your ability to reach the websites, apps or services of your choice.
The internet probably won't immediately become (more of) a dystopian nightmare.
So net neutrality's path through Congress is an uphill battle, but some are still optimistic that net neutrality will win out in the end. "Ajit Pai's absurd repeal of basic free speech protections is the most unpopular decision in the history of the FCC, and it will not stand". In fact, since "net neutrality" and the government's regulation of the internet was implemented by the Obama administration without Congressional authority, investment in the internet has dropped by 5%, which translates to $3 billion in lost investment in only two years. They don't want their broadband providers blocking websites or censoring content, and this agency gave broadband providers the legal right to do so.
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The repeal to remove all federal net neutrality protections has finally been put into effect.
Enacted in 2015, the rules sought to stop providers giving preferential treatment to sites and services that paid them to accelerate their data. Yet critics say companies are likely to invest simply because they now believe they can ramp up prices and earn more money from consumers and websites. Barbara Underwood, New York's attorney general, noted that lawsuits opposing the repeal were still pending.
Martin said broadband providers probably won't mess with existing services like Netflix, as that could alienate consumers. 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. Others, including the governors of Montana and NY, used executive orders to force net neutrality.