Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Net Neutrality Officially Expired. Now States Are Passing Their Own Laws

Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled Net Neutrality Officially Expired. Now States Are Passing Their Own Laws
Nicole Thomas | 12 June, 2018, 05:47

Obama-era regulations known as net neutrality officially end Monday.

The news rules now leave the policing of how internet service providers handle web traffic to the Federal Trade Commission, which is tasked with making sure internet providers don't engage in "anti-competitive" behavior. The rules initally passed under President Obama, but the FCC under the Trump Administration discarded the rule in December.

The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules was voted on previous year, and it finally comes into effect today (June 11). Most major internet providers have publicly pledged not to cherry-pick consumer content, though activists say without enforcement those are largely empty promises.

Lawmakers and tech companies are still fighting to save net neutrality.

Two states, OR and Washington, have passed net neutrality laws and 29 states are considering legislation, which could lead to new legal battles over Internet laws.

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. After an intense marketing and lobbying campaign, internet companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast convinced the FCC to allow them to slow or restrict access to certain websites.

Supporters of net neutrality are concerned that without it, we could lose access to a free and open internet.

Poundworld faces collapse after rescue talks fail
Clare Boardman, joint administrator of Poundworld, said that the chain had been affected by the "challenging" retail environment. Poundworld has called in administrators, making it the latest casualty in a retail bloodbath on Britain's high streets.

Ajit Pai, in an op-ed piece published today, championed the end of Net Neutrality regulations.

But both of these approaches are expected to lead to court challenges by the FCC, whose new policy on net neutrality contains explicit language that tries to preempt states from doing exactly what the legislation and executive orders are meant to do.

Wikimedia Today, United States Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Brian Schatz (D-HI), in partnership with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), announced that the U.S. Senate would vote on May ... "Blocking, throttling, pay-for-priority fast lanes and other efforts to come between consumers and the Internet are now things of the past, "he said in 2015". Last week, Senate Democrats urged House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to bring the issue to a vote on the House floor.

However, companies are likely to drop these self-imposed restrictions; they will just wait until people aren't paying a lot of attention, said Marc Martin, a former FCC staffer who is now chairman of communications practice at the law firm Perkins Coie. We're still not creating fast lanes.

Some states are trying to ensure that net neutrality is in effect, these states include Washington, Montana, and NY; other states have legislation pending.

Washington and OR have gone farther, and passed laws that require all ISPs within their borders to offer net neutrality protections.

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