Net Neutrality Is Officially Over Giving ISPs Total Control Of Your Bandwidth

"June 11 is significant because it will be the first time in the over 15 year battle over net neutrality that the FCC will have essentially no role in preserving an open Internet and overseeing the broadband market", Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and a staunch supporter of net neutrality, told CNNMoney.

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful Internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement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

For now, broadband providers insist they won't do anything that would harm the "internet experience" for consumers. The rollback took effect officially on Monday.

"Washington has a long history of working across party lines for consumer protection", Hansen said.

The original rules laid out a regulatory plan that addressed a rapidly changing internet. Those on the political left (and about 83 percent of Americans) feel that net neutrality regulations were important for personal freedom and made for a more fair marketplace. "They are not concerned that Internet service providers are going to block access to lawful content".

No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.

What's Everyone so Worried About?

"Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access and more competition". 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. Under a bundling system, getting on those sites could require paying for a premium social media package. They're anxious the providers will charge consumers extra to reach particular sites and services in a speedy manner, either by directly billing them or by charging companies like Netflix, which could be expected to pass on the costs to their subscribers. Remote workers of all kinds, including freelancers and franchisees in the so-called gig economy, could similarly face higher costs to do their jobs from home. Almost two dozen states and several companies have sued the government to try and preserve the rules.

Those last two should stick out to you, as they have been key points in the debates surrounding net neutrality rules.

But both of these approaches are expected to lead to court challenges by the FCC, whose new policy on net neutrality contains explicit language that tries to preempt states from doing exactly what the legislation and executive orders are meant to do.

Still, several of these measures have failed, some are still pending, and not every state has taken such actions.

Pai also says that a different agency - the Federal Trade Commission - will "police internet service providers for anticompetitive acts and unfair or deceptive practices". The end of the rules comes as House Democrats are pressing for a resolution to reinstate them.

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