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Net Neutrality Rules Officially Expire Today

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Jun 11, 2018, 8:06 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

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.



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Jun 11, 2018, 11:16 AM

Good riddance!

Net Neutrality is just the libtard confirmation bias of the mueller investigation witch hunt benghazi illegal immigrants build the wall cutting regulation radical islamic terror crooked hillary NO COLLUSION.

Take your medication already.

Jun 11, 2018, 6:09 PM


We need to press congress to keep the net neutrality protections.
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