These states are working to keep net neutrality alive

Donna Miller
June 13, 2018

The agency's executive, Chairman Ajit Pai, was in favor of the policy's repeal due to his own beliefs that such regulations would stifle or hold back innovation in telecommunication companies. Any change to how it's regulated is a hot button issue. It corresponds closely to the previous federal rule, barring ISPs from blocking or throttling the bandwidth on any legal content, service, app, or device, subject to reasonable network management.

Without net neutrality, it technically becomes legal, for example, for an internet provider like Comcast to give preferential treatment to a video service like Hulu, which it owns, while slowing down other services like Netflix - and that would obviously be undesirable for Comcast subscribers who use Netflix.

What's Everyone so Worried About?

Without net neutrality, internet providers may pursue similar offers more aggressively. Want access to Facebook and Twitter?

Another major concern is that consumers could suffer from pay-to-play deals. They can also set up "fast lanes" for preferred services - in turn, relegating everyone else to "slow lanes".

Some small-business owners are anxious, too, that industry giants could pay to get an edge and leave them on an unfair playing field.

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. 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. She warns of internet providers restricting access to websites containing content the company doesn't agree with. If companies like Comcast and AT&T can charge more for "internet packages" the same way they charge different prices for cable TV packages, Schaub said people who are already struggling to pay their bills may suffer.

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Then, "MPs voted to reverse the Lords amendment removing the "exit day" from the bill by 326 votes to 301 - a majority of 25". Conservative lawmaker Phillip Lee resigned as a justice minister Tuesday so he could speak out against the policy on Brexit.

Several states have taken measures to ensure the rules stay in effect.

The revised rules were a win for ISPs, whose practices faced government oversight and FCC investigations under the 2015 order.

What exactly is net neutrality?

Other states, including New York, Vermont, and Montana, are using executive orders and various other means of reinstating net neutrality, but at the moment, Washington is the only state to pass a bill protecting it. OR passed similiar legislation, but it won't go into effect until next year, as Motherboard reports.

"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. "Our transparency rule will also help ensure that any problematic conduct by Internet service providers is quickly identified and corrected". The FCC order that just took effect asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal.

"At the dawn of the commercial Internet, President [Bill] Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the Internet. Network investment topped $1.5 trillion", he wrote. "They're not going to roll out harmful paid prioritization plans, site blocking or throttling right away".

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