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Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends | AP business

13 June 2018

The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of its net neutrality rules officially takes effect Monday, but you shouldn't expect your internet experience to change immediately. Pai, Clyburn, Rosenworcel, and O'Reilly were appointed by the Obama Administration whereas Carr was a recent Trump appointment.

The Obama era mandate gave consumers equal access and equal speeds to all content on the internet.

Net neutrality ended six months after the FCC voted to scrub the previous rules, despite widespread public opposition to the decision. 22 states nationwide and D.C. have filed a protective petition for the order's review.

"From this day forward, I think our interest is making sure that we have a free and open internet and that consumers are able to get better, faster, cheaper internet services", Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman said.

Happening today: Rules that prevented internet providers (like Comcast) from slowing or speeding up service to some sites (like Netflix) are no longer in effect.

"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.

Comcast put out a statement saying they support Net Neutrality and will continue to support a free and open internet, despite lobbying to have the regulations thrown out.

"We've empowered the FTC to take action against any company that might act in any competitive way", Pai said. The rules that were repealed banned ISPs from blocking websites or apps; ISPs were also banned from throttling or slowing down data due to the nature of content if that content was legal. "You want access to the whole Internet?"

In the meantime, some ISPs have promised in the absence of the federal net neutrality rules to not slow data or block it, and with state laws in flux and a federal showdown possible, it's unlikely any would push the envelope at present. For example, in March, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, a Democrat, signed a law that effectively replaced the federal rules.

What exactly is net neutrality?

They will have the right to discriminate and favor the Internet traffic of those companies with whom they have pay-for-play arrangements and the right to consign all others to a slow and bumpy road.

"ISPs could curate what online content and services most people will have access to, and which ones will only be available to those who are willing to and can afford to pay extra", Schaub added. "President Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the internet". Barbara Underwood, New York's attorney general, noted that lawsuits opposing the repeal were still pending. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a longtime network neutrality advocate and a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. More than 20 states have sued the FCC, and several governors have passed executive orders requiring ISPs doing business with their states to uphold net neutrality. The industry is moving towards faster internet speeds like never before, while the internet remains open, without any of the kinds of paid priority, zero-rating or service bundling that plagues the cable industry.

Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends | AP business