There were some exceptions (emergency services, mostly), but for the most part, the rules made it illegal for ISPs to slow down (throttle) internet traffic based on content, so long as the data was legal.
The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines in December to repeal the rules, which were meant to prevent internet providers from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to specific online services. Under Pai's model, the FCC has been gutted of most of its authority over broadband providers, ceding any remaining authority to an FTC legal experts repeatedly say lacks the ability to actually take any meaningful action.
Of course as he's done all along, FCC boss Ajit Pai is trying to paint a decidedly different picture of what the repeal actually does. This, according to Pai, "will allow consumers to make an informed decision about which Internet service provider is best for them". "Blocking, throttling, pay-for-priority fast lanes and other efforts to come between consumers and the Internet are now things of the past, "he said in 2015".
Ajit Pai, in an op-ed piece published today, championed the end of Net Neutrality regulations.
But consumer advocates say that the repeal is just pandering to big business and that cable and phone giants will now be free to block access to services they don't like.
Net Neutrality protections prohibited internet providers from favoring or blocking access to particular products or websites.
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If everything is not resolved, it will be discussed after the World Cup. "We'll see if something happens during this week".
Lyons said he thinks the likelihood of actual harm from net neutrality is relatively remote, and that laws that already exist to regulate corporations, like anti-trust regulations, will prevent ISPs from behaving badly.
Under net neutrality, Internet providers had to treat all users equally. The rollback took effect officially on Monday.
And the last major concern is blocked content. ISPs could change their terms of service to censor content deemed offensive or immoral.
Today marks the official end to the FCC Net Neutrality rules. At least 29 states have introduced more than 65 bills aimed at protecting net neutrality and seven states - Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont - enacted executive orders that made it illegal for state agencies to enter contracts with ISPs that don't uphold net neutrality.
A statement by the pro net-neutrality group Fight for the Future declared: "June 11th will serve as the kick-off for intense campaigning focused on House lawmakers, who will be under tremendous pressure to support the [net neturality measure] ahead of the midterm elections, given that voters from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly support restoring these rules". And three other states, California, New York and IL, plan to pass their own versions soon.
That's two months later than expected but way too soon for supporters of the Obama-era measures, who are suing and pushing for Congressional measures to bring back the so-called net neutrality rules.