Local business owner fears effects of net neutrality repeal

Demonstrators rally in support of net neutrality outside a Verizon store in New York. Consumers aren’t likely to see immediate changes following Monday

Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, FCC On Track To Remove Rules As Scheduled

More than 20 states have sued the FCC, and several governors have passed executive orders requiring ISPs doing business with their states to uphold net neutrality.

The news rules now leave the policing of how internet service providers handle web traffic to the Federal Trade Commission, which is tasked with making sure internet providers don't engage in "anti-competitive" behavior.

An edge provider, for those wondering, is an individual or entity that provides content, applications or services over the internet, or devices for accessing any of those things over the internet, available to end-users, i.e., the consumers. Ahead of the December 14 commission vote that ended those Obama-era net neutrality regulations, current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called those same rules a " heavy-handed, utility-style.mistake" and pledged to stop the federal government from "micromanaging" the internet by introducing a new set of "internet freedom" regulations. The Senate already voted in favor of the effort, which now faces tougher odds in terms of getting a House vote and avoiding a veto by President Trump.

"Congress can still overrule the FCC and restore net neutrality", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight For the Future, which as advocated for strong net neutrality rules.

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But while ISPs think they've scored a major victory here by convincing Ajit Pai and the Trump FCC to ignore the public, ignore the experts, and cuddle up to telecom duopolies, this policy middle finger aimed squarely at consumers is likely to result in a policy and political backlash they're going to be navigating for years.

Over the past six months, tech companies, small businesses, consumers and lawmakers have tried to prevent Monday's repeal from happening, but to no avail.

Companies like Comcast and Verizon can now speed up, slow down or block specific websites or online services.

Other state's are trying to follow Washington's example.

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may have made good today on its promise to kill the net neutrality rules created under the Obama administration, but Washington State isn't having any of it.

"Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster Internet access and more competition", Paid wrote in an op-ed published on CNET on Sunday.

MI is not one of them.

Broadband providers "remain committed to the principles under which internet innovation has thrived", Mr. Spalter said. "That's what makes it so sinister". "We agree that internet users should have the freedom to go anywhere on the internet or to run any application with confidence that internet traffic will in no way be blocked or throttled", the organization said in a statement.

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