The US FCC Approves Network Neutrality Invalidation

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"Your online experience is not subject to the good graces or discretion of your ISP [internet service provider]", he said, adding that the FCC will "stand with the Federal Trade Commission and ensure that your broadband providers remain accountable".

It also "replaces unnecessary, heavy-handed regulations that were developed way back in 1934 with strong consumer protections, increased transparency, and common-sense rules that will promote investment and broadband deployment".

The FCC voted in December to rescind regulations enacted during the Obama administration to establish the principle that Internet service providers should treat all Web traffic equally, without giving preferential treatment to any Web company, service or content.

The commissioner has also been outspoken against the repeal from the beginning, and continues to be a loud voice against the end of net neutrality. In total, 28 state legislatures are working on bills created to maintain net neutrality.

Why is net neutrality such a big deal?

"I support a free and open internet".

American ISPs need to just disclose their anti-customer practices such as slowing, blocking or offering "paid prioritization" to some websites under new regulations, according to a Reuters report.

"We want to save the Obama-era net neutrality regulations", Wiener said.

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The Internet Association said on Monday that the "internet industry remains committed to restoring net neutrality protections through the courts, legislation, and administrative action". In other states, attorney generals are taking the issue to court, challenging the repeal.

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has leveraged members' voices, alongside political intelligence from their Advocacy Group, to showcase net neutrality as a significant part of their 2018 Federal Legislative and Regulatory Priorities.

Things have also become complicated through a range of mergers that have taken place between media, telecom, and tech companies, hence trying to combine their pipes, which carry traffic with must-watch programs in return for TRP and earnings in dollars. However, many still fear that repealing the rules would one day allow Internet providers to charge consumers extra to access Internet-based services like Netflix.

The mayors of 120 cities, representing more than 26 million people, have signed a similar pledge, threatening to pull billions of dollars in contracts from phone and cable companies that break the 2015 rules.

Just last month, "the Senate passed by a 52-47 margin a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the FCC's misguided decision", as Free Press reports.

"One of the concerns I see animating the AT&T this putting together of distribution and content", Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said in an interview.

He wrote that the biggest U.S. Internet companies - Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft - controlled much of the online infrastructure, from app stores to operating systems to cloud storage to almost all of the online ad business.