Net neutrality dead in US: Top gloomy predictions of internet’s near future

Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled

Net Neutrality Officially Expired. Now States Are Passing Their Own Laws

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.

An edge provider, for those wondering, is an individual or entity that provides content, applications or services over the internet, or devices for accessing any of those things over the internet, available to end-users, i.e., the consumers.

A fierce debate has surrounded the concept of net neutrality.

No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.

Most notably, the repeal removes the Title II classification of broadband internet that put it in line with essential utilities like electricity.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed to his position by President Trump, drafted the repeal of net neutrality rules for the sake of innovation and increased broadband investment, he said. "Under that approach, the Internet was open and free", he wrote.

In the days of net neutrality, internet service providers were not allowed to block access to any website - unless that website was in breach of the law. Last month, the Senate passed a last-ditch effort to overturn the FCC's repeal, but it never progressed to a House vote and was officially repealed Monday.

Pai says Internet service will become cheaper and faster with the rules now gone.

Q. What were the net neutrality rules? According to Engadget, at least 29 states have introduced more than 65 bills aimed at protecting net neutrality and seven states - Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont - enacted executive orders that made it illegal for state agencies to enter contracts with ISPs that don't uphold net neutrality.

Under the rules, internet service providers were required to treat all online content the same. If the only providers that can serve state governments are those that observe net neutrality, these states reason, then it could shape what services consumers are offered, too.

In essence, the rules attempted to ensure a level playing field so that ISPs wouldn't favor their own services (in particular streaming video) over those by third parties by throttling and charging extra for certain traffic.

Any changes now, while the spotlight is on net neutrality, could lead to a public relations backlash.

So net neutrality's path through Congress is an uphill battle, but some are still optimistic that net neutrality will win out in the end. In Montana and NY, governors signed executive orders that uphold the Obama-era net neutrality regulations. Pai's Restoring Internet Freedom proposal repealed the Obama administration's Title II rules, the Free Beacon reported.

Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change - though not right away - following Monday's official repeal of Obama-era internet protections.

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