Net Neutrality Officially Ends But States and Localities Nationwide Fight Back
- Author: Terrell Bush Jun 14, 2018,
Jun 14, 2018, 15:04
Pai was also interviewed on CBS and denied that ISPs are likely to violate net neutrality principles despite the past examples of Comcast throttling BitTorrent and AT&T blocking FaceTime. 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".
Having visited many states and small-town America, he reported that many people felt they were "on the wrong side of the digital divide ..." Telecoms are now free to block, slow, or otherwise discriminate against online content and services.
Millions of USA broadband customers have started facing the latest internet experience from Monday because Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have new powers to block, throttle or offer paid fast lanes for content companies under the new law.
Beginning Monday, however, the US government no longer explicitly prohibits those practices.
Pai argued that net neutrality created a disincentive for internet services to invest in their networks.
He also lauded his agency passing power to the Federal Trade Commission for enforcement actions. He says that net neutrality, passed in 2015, "depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation". Meanwhile, at least 29 states have pending legislation that would require ISPs to uphold net neutrality rules, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Pai said "misinformation" was behind some of the visceral online reaction he faced. Others, including the governors of Montana and NY, used executive orders to force net neutrality.
The objective of the net neutrality rules has been primarily to stop discrimination from internet service providers (ISPs) against both large and small websites based on the type of content they serve.
Martin said broadband providers probably won't mess with existing services like Netflix, as that could alienate consumers.
Pai calls the FTC the "nation's premier consumer protection agency".
"The FTC does not have specialized expertise in telecommunications".
"The gutting of net neutrality is a symbol of our broken democracy", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight For the Future, in a statement Monday. "That may be true next week, but over time I suspect they will start violating".
"The big ISPs know that they're being watched - by Congress, by the courts and by their customers", she said.
"June 11 is significant because it will be the first time in the over 15 year battle over net neutrality that the FCC will have essentially no role in preserving an open Internet and overseeing the broadband market", Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and a staunch supporter of net neutrality, told CNNMoney. Oregon, Vermont and Washington state have adopted open-Internet laws, while governors in an additional six states have sought to address the matter through executive orders.
The end of net neutrality could make cable giants like Comcast even richer.
Supporters of net neutrality are pushing state lawmakers to fight the repeal, but Mayer says this cannot be done at the state level. However, the Obama administration inappropriately gave the FCC overly broad authority through "net neutrality" to regulate the internet.