Net Neutrality Officially Expired. Now States Are Passing Their Own Laws
Jun 12 2018
Ellis SchumerDem leaders condemn Trump after reversal on G-7 communique endorsement Dem lawmaker: Trump conceding "role as leader of the free world" after G-7 summit Schumer: Trump "turning our foreign policy into an global joke" MORE (D-N.Y) is blaming congressional Republicans for the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules, a shift which goes into effect Monday.
In a press release Monday, the FCC said the repeal does away with "unnecessary, heavy-handed regulations" and replaces them with "common-sense regulations that will promote investment and broadband deployment".
The reality is quite the opposite: Pai is attempting to usher in an online regime that would resemble the internet in China.
Pai is attempting to usher in an online regime that would resemble the internet in China.
Why is net neutrality such a big deal? Senate Democrats forced a vote to restore net neutrality through the Congressional Review Act in May.
Pai's primary defense of the FCC's new lax rules on ISPs is the "transparency rule", which requires ISPs to notify consumers of any policies that violate previous Net Neutrality guidelines. The measure passed 52-47 as three Republicans joined 49 Democrats in voting to pass the measure.
Supporters of the repeal say that it will remove problematic regulations.
Republicans should support the resolution too - that is, if they care at all about their constituents' wishes.
More than 20 states have sued the FCC to stop the repeal.
Without the net neutrality rules, and in the context of a non-competitive ISP market in the United States, many fear that the ISPs will start charging websites additional fees depending on the type of content they serve through the ISPs' networks.
Momentum is on the side of internet freedom.
The internet probably won't immediately become (more of) a dystopian nightmare. Such arrangements, known as online "fast lanes" in the eyes of critics, threatened hefty tolls that only the largest businesses could afford to pay, net neutrality advocates warned. There have also been 1,300 local events, including rallies outside the district offices of members of Congress.
There are two main schools of thought as to how the end of net neutrality will affect everyday internet users. However, without Title II, the FCC was no longer able to regulate ISPs due to a lawsuit that Verizon brought against the FCC to revoke the 2010 basic net neutrality rules. And remember how it seemed like it was taking forever to implement the new (lack of) rules? If the House votes on and passes the bill before the end of this session, the measure would be sent to President Trump.
You can be sure that Pai and his cronies in the phone and cable lobby will declare victory on Monday, but the expiration of the 2015 rules will be only a temporary hiccup. Many ISPs say they are waiting to see what happens with the proposed Net Neutrality rules. No one thinks that letting Comcast manage our clicks is a good idea.