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Net neutrality rollback: FCC chairman Ajit Pai responds to critics

Net neutrality rollback: FCC chairman Ajit Pai responds to critics

Today marks the official end to the FCC Net Neutrality rules.

The federal government starts rolling back net neutrality rules today.

The objective of the net neutrality rules has been primarily to stop discrimination from internet service providers (ISPs) against both large and small websites based on the type of content they serve. ISPs formerly made the case that net neutrality failed to allow them to recoup the costs incurred in linking their networks to content providers, often citing Netflix, which consumes a double-digit percentage of all Internet traffic in the United States during peak hours.

What's more, internet advocates have always been concerned that if broadband providers are able to create so-called fast lanes to particular sites and services, they will in effect slow down traffic to all other locations on the internet. Led by current Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC voted 3-2 in December to repeal the Obama-era open internet rules.

Rival services like Sling TV and Netflix count video against data caps, essentially making them more expensive to watch.

The chairman hasn't talked about any of those incidents where the ISPs discriminated against content by blocking websites or apps that could be their competitors or how their decision to offer paid and fast lanes to big companies could kill the innovation that is being heralded as the victor of this repeal.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai had argued repealing the rules would make broadband providers "offer".

The blocking and slowing of websites gets much of the attention in the net neutrality debate.

Supporters of net neutrality are pushing state lawmakers to fight the repeal, but Mayer says this cannot be done at the state level.

Net Neutrality Ends Today, But The Fight To Protect Internet Speeds Rages On

One day after the net neutrality changes, a federal judge is set to rule on Tuesday on whether AT&T can buy Time Warner. Governors in five states-Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont-have signed executive orders similar to Oregon's law covering service to the states. While the FCC is removing itself from net neutrality regulation, the Federal Trade Commission can try to punish ISPs that make net neutrality promises and fail to keep them.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a vocal supporter of the Obama-era rules, reiterated her criticism of the repeal.

Net neutrality repeal - is it the end of the world?

Last month, the Senate passed a measure to preserve the net neutrality rules. And consumers latch on to this notion of "free unlimited", and if you look at the fine print, the carriers give with one hand and they take with the other. Numerous commenters urged the FCC to preserve the government's net neutrality protections, which had treated ISPs similar to utilities.

Pai calls the FTC the "nation's premier consumer protection agency".

Starting today, the internet is going to be different.

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.

But the FCC says that won't happen.

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