SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Equal access to the internet is no longer required by law. So-called "net neutrality" rules were repealed Monday by the FCC, opening up the possibility that some websites will be given priority over others or could be slowed down or even blocked.However, that doesn't mean net neutrality is going away without a fight. RELATED: Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' endsTwo competing bills are going through committees at the state capitol in Sacramento that would put restrictions back in place to bar internet service providers from blocking, slowing down or giving preference to some services over others.Twenty-eight other states are trying to do the same thing. However, that could lead to different rules state-by-state."FCC had very clear language in their ruling that the states cannot have their own rules," said Prof. Ahmed Banafa, cybersecurity expert at San Jose State. "Because the ISP and the big telecom will have a problem dealing with different … [Read more...] about FCC repeal of net neutrality has states scrambling to restore it
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Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change - though not right away - following the official demise Monday of Obama-era internet protections.Any changes are likely to happen slowly, as companies assess how much consumers will tolerate. The repeal of "net neutrality" took effect six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to undo the rules, which had barred broadband and cellphone companies from favoring their own services and discriminating against rivals such as Netflix.RELATED: Net neutrality voted out, now what's next? Internet providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast had to treat all traffic equally. They couldn't slow down or block websites and apps of their choosing. Nor could they charge Netflix and other video services extra to reach viewers more smoothly. The rules also barred a broadband provider from, say, slowing down Amazon's shopping site to extract business concessions.Now, all that is legal as long as … [Read more...] about Your internet use could change as ‘net neutrality’ ends
As of June 11th, the legal protections against content discrimination on the internet are gone. As far as the FCC is concerned, net neutrality is dead. The policy’s fate was sealed back in December 2017, when FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order was approved in a 3-2 vote along party lines. Pai’s order, which goes into effect today, rolls back the net neutrality protections that were put in place by former chairman Tom Wheeler. They promise — in name, at least — unrestricted access to online content minus the burden of regulation. But in fact, the new ruling clears the way for massive internet service providers to do practically whatever they like — including paid prioritization, throttling, and otherwise messing with traffic as it moves across the internet. It will take a long time to see the practical effects of the new rules, but make no mistake: this is a big deal, and it’s the first step in a long, slow process that … [Read more...] about Net neutrality is dead — what now?
Five months after the FCC decided to repeal the net-neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama administration, the US Senate voted 52-47 to overturn its decision. To recap: The 2015 net-neutrality regulation says internet traffic should be treated equally, rather than being affected by the power or resources of individual service providers. Advocates of the regulation say this will prevent sites from paying their way to faster service and create a more equal internet, while critics say it’ll stifle innovation by removing competition to some degree. As this chart from Statista shows, the vast majority of registered voters across parties agree with advocates of net neutrality, meaning they’re 1. Against the FCC repeal and 2. Support the Senate’s decision to overturn it. The chances of the majority getting their way is unlikely, though – the House and the president need to agree with the Senate before the overturn can be finalized, and … [Read more...] about Registered voters across parties support the Senate’s decision to overturn the repeal on net neutrality
If I asked you if you believed everyone should have equal access to water, electricity, and heat, you’d likely agree and say that this was a good idea. These are all essential components that we need to lead a healthy and fulfilling life, and as such, they’ve been deemed utilities by our government. Our world is one that’s becoming more and more Internet-dependent with each day that passes, and as such, you can easily make the argument that it falls into those same lines as water, electricity, and heat. This is something that the Federal Communications Commission agreed upon in 2015 when it officially ruled broadband Internet service as a utility in the United States, and this ruling was met with great applause and joy. With this ruling, Internet service providers (ISPs) cannot block or limit peoples’ access to online content and must maintain an equal playing field for all.This is the essential idea of what net neutrality is all about - providing everyone with … [Read more...] about Net neutrality isn’t the angel it’s made out to be