Obama-era net neutrality has ended: What does it mean for you?

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

The intention was to keep the internet open and fair. That's why the rules are only expiring just now.

Those rules - enacted by the Obama administration in 2015 - required internet service providers to offer you and your family equal access to content on the web.

As chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai spearheaded the repeal of the agency's net-neutrality rules.

As of Monday morning, net neutrality no longer exists.

How will the internet providers be regulated now?

As part of this shift, oversight of internet protections will shift from the FCC to the Federal Trade Commission.

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The net neutrality rules were approved by the FCC in 2015 amid an outpouring of online support.

ISPs will have to disclose changes they make because of deregulation.

And how will repealing net neutrality affect me?

Companies willing to pay more of these fees are essentially given higher priority, which means you could see a rise in subscriptions rates or monthly fees from content providers to offset the costs of these fees.

Meanwhile, even before the end of the net-neutrality rules, several broadband providers, including AT&T and Verizon, were experimenting with so-called zero-rating programs.

This isn't something that ISPs did before net neutrality rules took effect, and proponents of the repeal argue that the open market will work itself without the rules in place.

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Another might be getting unlimited wireless access to a mobile app that your Internet provider owns, while usage of other apps continues to count against your monthly data cap. ISPs may also sue the state, although no lawsuits have yet been reported. "Any lawmaker, of any party, that fails to sign the discharge petition in support of the CRA will regret it come election time".

If the resolution gets a vote in the House, it may not succeed.

"It's patently illegal for the states to make their own internet policy", Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who served on President Trump's transition team for the FCC, told CNNMoney last month. Thanks to the repeal, the FCC no longer has that authority. A federal appeals court in Washington has not set a date for oral arguments. A net neutrality bill is also making its way through California legislature.

While Portney said it's unclear if or when internet consumers could see pay-to-play package deals for certain internet services, but he says it's likely.

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.

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