Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends

Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled

Chairman Ajit Pai has said the previous setup was "heavy-handed" and that this newer "light touch" approach will spur more investment and innovation. He believes the repeal of net neutrality is bad news for most consumers, "Internet service providers, at their whim, can do pretty much whatever they want to you".

Companies like Comcast and Verizon can now speed up, slow down or block specific websites or online services.

"Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster Internet access and more competition", Paid wrote in an op-ed published on CNET on Sunday.

Today marks the official first day of a Net Neutrality-free America.

Without net neutrality, internet providers may pursue similar offers more aggressively.

The recent FCC's staunch opposition to net neutrality has been met with waves of public backlash, at one point amounting to almost 22 million comments being submitted to the its website, as well as criticism from policy experts who say a repeal of the rules will let internet service providers give preferential treatment to some websites, including their own. Here's what we can expect from tomorrow's internet.

Pai argues that net neutrality was part of the FCC's regulatory overreach during the Obama administration. Although the direct effects of the repeal are unknown, companies will have to assess how much change consumers will tolerate, according to the Associated Press. Businesses like Netflix, with large audiences and bank accounts, will likely be able to adapt - but smaller companies may struggle to strike deals with providers and pay up to have their content delivered faster.

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Net neutrality is no longer the law of the land.

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. So consumers should have access to updated information about data caps, paid-prioritization or any other changes a service provider may make.

The rules oblige Internet service providers, or ISPs, to enable access of all content and applications, regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

"Congress can still overrule the FCC and restore net neutrality", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight For the Future, which as advocated for strong net neutrality rules.

Nor could they charge Netflix and other video services extra to reach viewers more smoothly. After all, the rules on net neutrality have changed multiple times already - six times in the last 10 years, in fact.

The Senate voted 52-47 last month to overturn the FCC's plan, but the House, which is doesn't intend to take up the issue-making the Senate's move largely symbolic.

At least 22 states have filed suit with the FCC over the repeal and many have passed their own net neutrality laws. The vote on the repeal of net neutrality rules in December passed in a 3-2 vote.

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