US net neutrality rules expire, court battle looms

US net neutrality rules expire, court battle looms

US net neutrality rules expire, court battle looms

Though major internet service providers say the web will remain essentially unchanged after net neutrality rules are rolled back.

The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of its net neutrality rules officially takes effect Monday, but you shouldn't expect your internet experience to change immediately.

But Gigi Sohn, former counselor for former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, said in a statement Monday that consumers will have little recourse against ISPs if they have a complaint about internet providers' behavior: "For the first time since the creation of broadband, the (FCC) will not take responsibility for protecting consumers or competition".

Providers have said they won't block or throttle legal websites, but have left open the potential for charging more for transport of some data.WATCH: What is net neutrality?

Customers of streaming services like Netflix could see their subscription fees rise if the company chooses to pay more. "Under that approach, the Internet was open and free", he wrote. That means no speeding up or slowing down connection speeds, and no blocking of specific websites.

Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communication Commission building in Washington, D.C., against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017.

What exactly is net neutrality?

With startups unable to pay for these lanes, there is no chance that small, unsupported entrepreneurs will turn into future Snapchats or Facebooks, as this repeal only preserves the monopoly that the handful of tech giants now enjoys along with the powers of a few ISPs.

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.

Internet providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast had to treat all traffic equally.

Why is net neutrality such a big deal?

That is, except if you live in Washington state.

The new order permits ISPs to throttle, block, or be paid to prioritize certain sites or content, as long as they disclose that they are doing so. The bill's prime sponsor Drew Hansen, D-Kitsap, said the bill keeps all Obama era net neutrality laws in place. For most of the country, unfettered access to the internet now depends on the goodwill of their service providers. On Thursday, with the official repeal date looming, dozens of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the issue.

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.

Broadband companies have said that they will still continue to uphold the Net Neutrality principles but some Net Neutrality supporters say that it's not enough to just trust all the companies.

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