The Obama era net neutrality rules proved short-lived, lasting briefly from 2015 to 2018. Many people agree with the basic principle of net neutrality – broadly the idea that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally – but plans for realizing that uncontroversial concept were a lightning rod for conflict. Behind the clash: An earlier, Democrat-led FCC reclassified broadband networks so that they were subject to thesame strict regulations that govern telephone networks.That was necessary for establishing the legal basis of the rules, but it provoked a backlash from Republicans, who said the move was clumsy and blunt.On June 11, the Obama Era rules went away. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, appointed by President Donald Trump, had called those rules "heavy-handed" and "a mistake," and he's argued that they deterred innovation and depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks. (Read his op-ed on CNET here .) To set … [Read more...] about Net neutrality is really, officially dead. Now what?
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The Obama-era net neutrality rules, passed in 2015, are done. This time it's for real. Though some minor elements of the proposal by the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission to roll back those net neutrality rules went into effect last month, most aspects still required approval from the Office of Management and Budget. That's now been taken care of, with the FCC declaring June 11 the date when the proposal will take effect. While many people agree with the basic principles of net neutrality, the specific rules enforcing the idea has been a lightning rod for controversy. That's because to get the rules to hold up in court, an earlier, Democrat-led FCC had reclassified broadband networks so that they fell under the same strict regulations that govern telephone networks.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has called the Obama-era rules "heavy-handed" and "a mistake," and he's argued that they deterred innovation and depressed investment in building and expanding broadband … [Read more...] about Net neutrality is all but officially dead
The Obama-era net neutrality rules passed in 2015 are officially dead. As of Monday, the regulations are no longer in the rule book, and the final step of removing them, spearheaded by the Republican-led agency, is complete. Though many people agree with the basic principles of net neutrality, these specific rules have been a lightning rod for controversy. That's because to get the rules to hold up in court, the FCC reclassified broadband networks so that they fell under the same strict regulations that govern telephone networks.Chairman Ajit Pai has called the Obama-era rules "heavy-handed" and "a mistake," and he argues that they've deterred innovation and depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks. To set things right, he says, he's taking the FCC back to a "light touch" approach to regulation. But supporters of net neutrality, such as big tech companies like Google and Facebook, as well as consumer groups and pioneers of the internet like the creator of the … [Read more...] about Here’s what you need to know about net neutrality
A lot of people and a lot of businesses were cheering the FCC’s predictable 3-to-2 vote to classify the internet as a utility, and thus apply Title II regulations which govern traditional telecommunications services. The dawn of net neutrality is at hand, or so say the proponents.I can forgive a lot of the younger folks not understanding what Title II enables the FCC to do. These regulations were written and implemented in the 1930s, signed into law as the Communications Act of 1934 when telephones were the leading edge of consumer technology. That was only 81 years ago, surely those provisions will be an easy application to 21st century technology where a lot people do not know what a dial-tone is, or a step-switch, or a twisted pair.The older folks though? Do you really need to be reminded of the absolute tangle traditional telecom services are to this day due to the absolute maze of federal and state regulations? You know, those rules that dictate how service is provided, … [Read more...] about FCC won’t force all of Title II “net neutrality” regulations on carriers, but “we don’t know where things go next”
The legislatures in more than half of US states have pending legislation that would enforce net neutrality, according to a new roundup by advocacy group Free Press. So far, the states that have taken final action have done so through executive orders issued by their governors. Those are Vermont, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, and New York. The legislative process obviously takes longer and is more uncertain because it requires votes by state lawmakers in addition to a governor's signature. Many bills are submitted in state legislatures without ever coming to a vote. But it wouldn't be surprising if some states impose net neutrality laws through the legislative process. The Washington State House of Representatives approved net neutrality rules by a vote of 93-5 on Wednesday, pushing the bill along to the state's Senate. In California, the state Senate passed a net neutrality bill last month. The 27 states with pending legislation are Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, … [Read more...] about To kill net neutrality, FCC might have to fight more than half of US states