The rule passed under President Obama, but the Trump administration scrapped it in December.
After months of debate and public backlash, the Federal Communications Commission has officially repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules that required Internet providers to offer equal access to all web content. For most of the country, unfettered access to the internet now depends on the goodwill of their service providers.
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. "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it". The rules, which have the overwhelming bipartisan support of the vast majority of Americans, prevented major ISPs like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from further abusing a lack of competition in the broadband.
But only time will tell if the latest decision will lead to the slow death of the open internet as we know it - or whether the predictions have been too drastic.
Pai argued that net neutrality created a disincentive for internet services to invest in their networks. In Montana and NY, governors signed executive orders that uphold the Obama-era net neutrality regulations. Net neutrality is dead. With the repeal of the new rules and the general-conduct provisions, the FCC will no longer have any oversight over such programs. To commemorate the occasion, FCC chairman Ajit Pai - the man mainly responsible for the repeal of Net Neutrality - penned an op-ed piece for CNET in which he champions the dissolution of internet regulations.
Companies willing to pay more of these fees are essentially given higher priority, which means you could see a rise in subscriptions rates or monthly fees from content providers to offset the costs of these fees. It may also make it harder for the next generation of online services to compete if they have to pay up to be placed in a so-called internet fast lane. "In 2015, the FCC stripped the FTC-the nation's premier consumer protection agency- of its authority over internet service providers".
"The momentum around the country - from small towns to big cities, from state houses to court houses, from governors' executive actions to action in Congress - is proof the American people are not done fighting for an open internet", Rosenworcel said.
Some states are trying to ensure that net neutrality is in effect, these states include Washington, Montana, and NY; other states have legislation pending.
Enacted in 2015, the rules sought to stop providers giving preferential treatment to sites and services that paid them to accelerate their data. With the June 11 date approaching, several senators asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule a vote on the issue.
Washington and OR have gone farther, and passed laws that require all ISPs within their borders to offer net neutrality protections.