Monday, 22 October, 2018

Local business owner fears effects of net neutrality repeal

Ajit Pai chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, pauses while speaking during an open meeting in Washington D.C. U.S. on Thursday Nov. 16 2017 The Repeal of Net Neutrality Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You.
Katie Ramirez | 13 June, 2018, 21:45

Obama-era regulations known as net neutrality officially end Monday.

But Gigi Sohn, former counselor for former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, said in a statement Monday that consumers will have little recourse against ISPs if they have a complaint about internet providers' behavior: "For the first time since the creation of broadband, the (FCC) will not take responsibility for protecting consumers or competition". It also gives them the freedom to charge people more money for faster access, which would likely make the entire internet slower for everyone else. Nine in 10 American households use the internet, according to Pew Research Center, for everything from researching recipes, communicating with friends and family by marking themselves "safe" on Facebook or Googling symptoms of a medical issue to see whether a trip to the emergency room is needed. "Consumers want an open internet". Well, guess what: they've finally, actually killed net neutrality. But other tech companies and many content providers support a neutral internet. He insisted during an interview Monday on "CBS This Morning" that "consumers are going to be protected". Nor could we go back in time and undo the harm to consumers or to the competitive evolution of the marketplace. "Our transparency rule will also help ensure that any problematic conduct by Internet service providers is quickly identified and corrected". Internet service providers, or ISPs, deny that they would engage in such a practice - yet consumer watchdogs worry that consumers would have little legal recourse if they did.

Some states are trying to ensure that net neutrality is in effect, these states include Washington, Montana, and NY; other states have legislation pending.

Still, several of these measures have failed, some are still pending, and not every state has taken such actions. "Network investment topped $1.5 trillion", he wrote. Under its principles, Internet providers shouldn't interfere with your ability to reach the websites, apps or services of your choice. Meanwhile, web companies, 22 states and the District of Columbia are suing to overturn the December decision by the Republican-led U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

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"That is not the open internet we know today and rely on to consume and create. We still don't and won't block, throttle or discriminate against lawful content".

Perhaps the repeal won't change the direction of the internet.

Other states, including New York, Vermont, and Montana, are using executive orders and various other means of reinstating net neutrality, but at the moment, Washington is the only state to pass a bill protecting it. OR passed similiar legislation, but it won't go into effect until next year, as Motherboard reports.

He wrote that the biggest USA internet companies - Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft - controlled much of the online infrastructure, from app stores to operating systems to cloud storage to almost all of the online ad business.

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