Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

FCC chairman celebrates the end of net neutrality with more lies

FCC chairman celebrates the end of net neutrality with more lies

FCC chair, Ajit Pai says Net Neutrality prevented providers like Verizon or Comcast from expanding their networks.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who spearheaded the deregulatory move, says the repeal will improve broadband service. That means there is nothing legally stopping a broadband provider from selling faster service at a premium or slowing some content.

Greer predicts that ISPs will first create packages that seem favorable to consumers, such as providing one of their own services for free while tacking on a fee for a rival service.

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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Pai claimed in a CNET op-ed that the repeal preserves the Internet as "an open platform where you are free to go where you want" and that it "will protect consumers and promote better, faster Internet access and more competition".

"Washington has a long history of working across party lines for consumer protection", Hansen said. Nor could we go back in time and undo the harm to consumers or to the competitive evolution of the marketplace. "Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that's best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate", Pai said in a November 2017 proposal.

Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change - though not right away - following Monday's official repeal of Obama-era internet protections.

The flip side is there are many areas where broadband availability is limited to one or two options, giving consumers little or no choice in the matter.

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"They will have the right to discriminate and favor the internet traffic of those companies with whom they have pay-for-play arrangements and the right to consign all others to a slow and bumpy road", Rosenworcel said.

E-commerce startups have feared that they could end up on the losing end of paid prioritization, with their websites and services loading more slowly than those run by internet behemoths. At least 29 states have introduced more than 65 bills aimed at protecting net neutrality and seven states - Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont - enacted executive orders that made it illegal for state agencies to enter contracts with ISPs that don't uphold net neutrality. Dozens of other states are considering similar measures. He insisted that the internet will remain an open platform now that the regulations are gone. Network investment topped $1.5 trillion.

More than 20 states have sued the FCC to stop the repeal.

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

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The net neutrality rule is officially ending Monday. Yet critics say companies are likely to invest simply because they now believe they can ramp up prices and earn more money from consumers and websites.

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