Net Neutrality Rules Officially Expire Today
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today. The outgoing regulations classified broadband under Title II and created bright-line rules governing how internet traffic was to be treated. For example, internet providers were not allowed to throttle or block services, or offer paid fast lanes. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai maintains that these rules were overly burdensome to businesses and reduced investment in the space. Moving forward, broadband is once again classified as a service, not a utility, and will not be managed by such strict rules. Instead, Pai expects the industry to be open about policies and govern itself. Though the rules are officially no more, many are fighting to keep net neutrality alive. The FCC is under legal assault from public interest groups, the attorneys general from more than 20 states, as well as groups of businesses. A handful of states have introduced their own legislation that would re-enable net neutrality at a state level, in effect forcing broadband providers to adhere to rules if they wish to do business with state and local governments. Senate Democrats forced a vote in favor of keeping net neutrality in place, but the issue was not take up by the Republican Congress nor President Trump. It's not yet clear what impact these legal battles will have or whether they'll be able to restore net neutrality in some form. Net neutrality's story is not over yet.
Senate Votes In Favor of Saving Net Neutrality
May 16, 2018
Democrats in the Senate forced a vote on net neutrality today and walked away victorious. Members of the Senate voted 52-47 to retain the net neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama administration that were later nixed by the FCC.
FCC Votes to Scrap Net Neutrality Protections
Dec 14, 2017
The FCC today voted on party lines to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The vote was led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was supported by his fellow Republican Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O'Reilly.
FCC Chairman Reveals Full Plan to Kill Net Neutrality
Nov 22, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today published a draft order that details how he intends to roll back the current net neutrality regulations. Pai said the order "would return to the bipartisan consensus on light-touch regulation, ending utility-style regulation of the internet." The goal, says Pai, is to "promote future innovation and investment." To start, Pai would strip the internet of its current classification as a "utility" and reclassify it as an "information service." Pai would also reinstate the private mobile service classification of mobile broadband internet service.
Senate Democrats to Force Net Neutrality Vote On May 9
May 1, 2018
Senate Democrats are looking to make net neutrality a campaign issue heading into the 2018 mid-term elections and will kick things off May 9 with a vote. Sen.