Net Neutrality Is Alive and Well in Washington State

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Supporters of net neutrality argue that ISPs should deliver access to online content and apps equally, and prefer rules the FCC passed in 2015. Even if the bill passes the House of Representatives, it heads to the White House where chances are almost impossible that President Trump signs the resolution eliminating the first major act of deregulation of his administration.

The repeal of "net neutrality" took effect six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to undo the rules, which had barred broadband and cellphone companies from favoring their own services and discriminating against rivals such as Netflix. For most of the country, unfettered access to the internet now depends on the goodwill of their service providers. Basically everyone from consumer advocates to human rights groups and even tech companies supported net neutrality, but, of course, that didn't stop the FCC from overturning it. Despite efforts from state officials and members of Congress, there will now be fewer rules governing how Internet providers can operate. The disclosures are essentially a get-out-of-jail-free card-the new FCC regime specifically allows ISPs to block, throttle, or prioritize content in exchange for payment as long as the ISPs disclose the fact that they're doing so.

Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O), Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and AT&T Inc (T.N) have pledged to not block or discriminate against legal content after the rules expire.

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Others, including the governors of Montana and NY, used executive orders to force net neutrality.

Net Neutrality Is Alive and Well in Washington State
Net Neutrality Is Alive and Well in Washington State

"Not only is the FCC eliminating basic net neutrality rules, but it's joining forces with the FTC to say it will only act when a broadband provider is deceiving the public", Chris Lewis, VP at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit that focuses on the open internet, said in an earlier statement. And in its repeal decision, the FCC explicitly rejects the idea that it has much authority to regulate Internet providers at all. However, you might not see any immediate changes today. Congress is still fighting to uphold net neutrality, and states continue to find ways to enact their own laws regarding the controversial regulations. The state bill went into effect as soon as net neutrality expired on a federal level (which happened today), and it will prevent internet service providers from creating "slow" and "fast" lanes on the internet.

There is also 5G internet being rolled out later this year that will bring new wireless home internet options.

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. Several states, including New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and California, have gone so far as to push legislation to enforce the principles of net neutrality within their borders.

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