FCC officially repeals net neutrality rules

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Monday, June 11, marks the official end of the US government's net neutrality rules, which had required broadband providers such as AT&T, Charter and Verizon to treat all Web traffic equally.

The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of its net neutrality rules officially takes effect Monday, but you shouldn't expect your internet experience to change immediately.

The rules oblige Internet service providers, or ISPs, to enable access of all content and applications, regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

To put it simply, internet service providers could start charging companies to ensure their content loads at a decent speed, which is very important if a company is to be successful online.

But Pai, who has visited 26 states and two territories, said he heard a different message from consumers as the government's net neutrality rules expire. Consumer advocates are concerned that internet providers plan to extend prioritization to the internet. 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. Those programs allow consumers to access certain sites and services without the data to and from them applying to any monthly caps they may have. Despite winning Republican votes in the Senate, the bill will have a hard time making it to the House floor. Pai, Clyburn, Rosenworcel, and O'Reilly were appointed by the Obama Administration whereas Carr was a recent Trump appointment. Most major internet providers have publicly pledged not to cherry-pick consumer content, though activists say without enforcement those are largely empty promises.

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. Senate Democrats forced a vote to restore net neutrality through the Congressional Review Act in May.

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Net neutrality has overwhelming public support, noted industry experts.

Washington became the first state to set up their own net neutrality requirements in March when Governor Jay Inslee signed a measure with bipartisan support. The Congress is also against the FCC's decision to repeal the protection laws and will join hands with the attorneys and rights groups to appeal against the FCC's decision.

"Following the decision to repeal net neutrality, many Americans anxious that the internet would turn into what cable-tv is: a set of options based on price and preference". He insisted that the internet will remain an open platform now that the regulations are gone.

It is unlikely that ISPs and other internet companies will try anything drastic as the fight to undo the repeal is still ongoing, and critics are monitoring the situation closely.

More than 20 states have filed a lawsuit to stop the net neutrality repeal. So far, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have passed net neutrality legislation and California's Senate passed a net neutrality bill last month.