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FCC chair promises consumers will be protected after net neutrality repeal

It's 4th and 40 for net neutrality supporters in Congress as House is short of the votes needed to bring up the CRA motion Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled
Katie Ramirez | 11 June, 2018, 19:43

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai says that as the FCC rolls back the Obama-era net neutrality rules, consumers will be protected under the commission's new "Restoring Internet Freedom" rule which goes into effect today. The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules was voted on previous year, and it finally comes into effect today (June 11). The idea was that all Internet traffic should be treated equally by broadband providers.

Last month, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to reverse the FCC's decision.

Pai has said he agrees with the concept of a "free and open" internet, but disagrees that regulating the service like phone networks is the best way to achieve that goal.

Enacted in 2015, the rules sought to stop providers giving preferential treatment to sites and services that paid them to accelerate their data.

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Supporters of the repeal say that it will remove problematic regulations.

"Those "fast lanes" will put those who won't or can not pay in the slow lane, making the internet look a lot like cable TV", said Gigi Sohn, a former counselor for the FCC. Net neutrality rules were created for two reasons. Others, including the governors of Montana and NY, used executive orders to force net neutrality. On Thursday, with the official repeal date looming, dozens of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the issue.

The order went into effect on June 11. Some states, like New Jersey, Washington, and California, have been actively working on state laws that would keep net neutrality alive within their jurisdictions. State governments are also taking action with more than half of the states exploring their own Net Neutrality legislation.

A spokeswoman for the FCC previously directed CNNMoney to a section of the final order for net neutrality, in which the FCC asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal.

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