Net neutrality rules are dead, but fight lives on

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

On Monday, June 11, the United States Federal Communications Commission officially allowed the rollback and repeal of net neutrality, an Obama era policy established by in 2015. Well, you might not see any changes until ISPs like Comcast and AT&T change their terms of service.

Still, supporters have hoped to force a public vote on the issue, because with midterm elections looming some lawmakers might be swayed as net neutrality is a resonant issue with voters.

Wood: It's interesting, because you're describing bundles that, while we may pay more for them, are going to sound consumer-friendly at first.

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.

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Supporters of net neutrality are pushing state lawmakers to fight the repeal, but Mayer says this cannot be done at the state level. In other words, no speeding up, slowing down or blocking specific websites or online services.

"We need a referee on the field who can throw a flag", former FCC Chairman and Obama appointee Tom Wheeler said at MIT during a panel discussion in support of rules like those he championed.

And while net neutrality is polarizing, it is an example of a regulation that both companies and consumers agree on.

They can also set up "fast lanes" for preferred services - in turn, relegating everyone else to 'slow lanes'.

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In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reaffirmed these principles, declaring, "A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service... shall not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices", and that ISPs "shall not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of Internet content". You can imagine a scenario where NBC would want to speed up streams of its shows and slow down streams of its rivals, Nexflix. But here are a few tactics that have been tried before that have drawn scrutiny under the old net neutrality rules. Fifty million Americans have access to only one internet service provider, and more than half have only two to choose from.

"If certain services are blocked or throttled, they get it", Mr. Doyle said.

Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has accused Democrats of "scare tactics" in their opposition to net neutrality repeal. With the repeal of the new rules and the general-conduct provisions, the FCC will no longer have any oversight over such programs.

In the wake of the FCC's repeal of its net neutrality rules, several states have adopted their own protections. "Starting Monday, the FTC will once again be able to protect Americans consistently across the internet economy, and the FCC will work hand-in-hand with our partners at the FTC to do just that". Even some technology companies joined the fight to preserve net neutrality, including Mozilla and Vimeo. A net neutrality bill is also making its way through California legislature.

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Didn't Congress do something to restore the rules?

. Governors in five states-Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont-have signed executive orders similar to Oregon's law covering service to the states.

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