FCC chairman celebrates the end of net neutrality with more lies

Delia Walker
June 13, 2018

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you've heard about the impending death of net neutrality. That's why the rules are only expiring just now. Opponents of the net neutrality law - including big broadband providers like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast - argued that getting rid of net neutrality would lead to new investment and a more open and competitive internet.

Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communication Commission building in Washington, D.C., against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017.

The repeal effectively narrows what the federal government would consider a net neutrality violation.

How will the internet providers be regulated now?

But Trump's pick to run the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, called those rules "heavy-handed" and vowed to end them. ISPs would only be punished by the FCC if they fail to disclose what the commission used to consider net neutrality violations. However, Congress can still pass a law to simply reverse the repeal or even improve on the previous net neutrality rules.

And how will repealing net neutrality affect me?

Net neutrality rules which prevented broadband providers from discriminating against certain websites have been officially rolled back in the USA, even as opposition groups fight to save the regulations.

Any changes are likely to happen slowly, as companies assess how much consumers will tolerate.

Another misleading ISP claim is that they want to get rid of Title II, and not net neutrality rules in general.

Another might be getting unlimited wireless access to a mobile app that your Internet provider owns, while usage of other apps continues to count against your monthly data cap.

"Americans across the country are raising their voices against the Trump assault on the free Internet, yet House Republicans inexplicably refuse to listen to the will of the people and save net neutrality", she continued.

There is also 5G internet being rolled out later this year that will bring new wireless home internet options. Supporters of the resolution could overcome that with a discharge petition that forces a floor vote on the resolution, but the petition still lacks the 218 necessary votes to proceed.

A group of 22 states have sued the FCC over the repeal.

While Portney said it's unclear if or when internet consumers could see pay-to-play package deals for certain internet services, but he says it's likely.

The Internet Association said Monday that the "internet industry remains committed to restoring net neutrality protections through the courts, legislation, and administrative action". According to the National Council of State Legislatures, governors in six states - New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Hawaii - have signed executive orders upholding net neutrality, and three - Washington, Vermont and OR - have enacted legislation that does so.

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