Net neutrality rules officially repealed in US

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Today marks the official first day of a Net Neutrality-free America. "Hold the obituaries. Net neutrality is not dead", Fight for the Future Deputy Director Evan Greer said in a statement.

Groups taking the FCC's side in the case include CTIA, representing mobile providers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc.; and NCTA - The Internet & Television Association, representing cable carriers such as Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications Inc.

Under the new law, ISPs are required to disclose any blocking, throttling or prioritization of their own content or from their partners on customers' broadband connections.

Thankfully, not necessarily. A number of states have passed state-level legislation re-enacting the net neutrality rules.

The FCC's abandonment of net neutrality laws, voted on previous year, finally takes effect today.

No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices. 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. But late in the Obama administration, the FCC opened up an inquiry to see if they violated the general conduct provisions.

Q. Why are the rules going away?

Q. What's the impact of the repeal?

A more urgent battle is brewing in several states, which are passing their versions of net neutrality rules in defiance of the federal repeal. Under the old policy, any blocking or slowing of websites would directly run afoul of the rules, inviting immediate enforcement.

In the days of net neutrality, internet service providers were not allowed to block access to any website - unless that website was in breach of the law. Chances are they were saying that to make it more likely that the FCC's rules would be repealed, or so they could support a bill with much weaker regulations and perhaps even some benefits for the ISPs.

Q. Is my Internet service about to slow to a crawl, like some activists claim? But the companies can't simply promise one thing and blatantly do another, at least not without risking FTC litigation.

So what's the deal with the net neutrality repeal?

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Political analyst Gary Nordlinger says these new rules could affect the way internet providers do business. Under this theory, you won't know what you're missing.

Are we stuck with the net neutrality repeal?

Q. Yes, finally! What's an example?

Will I still be able to access Netflix and other online services?

Q. Isn't Congress trying to reverse the repeal?

The measure in the House seeks to reinstate the 2015 rules.

Q. What are its chances in the House?

If the resolution gets a vote in the House, it may not succeed.

Q. What else can we expect next? Meanwhile, web companies, 22 states and the District of Columbia are suing to overturn the December decision by the Republican-led U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Should the CRA reversal fail, the next best option rests with the courts and the numerous lawsuits that have been filed against the FCC for ignoring the public interest.

To announce the repeal of net neutrality protections and the new "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" taking effect on Monday, Ajit Pai wrote an op-ed today repeating what he has already said in the past: Title II classification was heavy-handed; FTC should be responsible for consumer protections, and that the system fine worked for decades before these new protections came into place.

Net neutrality looks set to live on in piecemeal form as some USA states are enacting legislation that will require telecoms companies operating in their territories to abide by similar laws.

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