Activists Attempt Last Ditch Effort to Save Net Neutrality - Hit & Run

Activists Attempt Last Ditch Effort to Save Net Neutrality - Hit & Run

Ellis SchumerDem leaders condemn Trump after reversal on G-7 communique endorsement Dem lawmaker: Trump conceding "role as leader of the free world" after G-7 summit Schumer: Trump "turning our foreign policy into an worldwide joke" MORE (D-N.Y) is blaming congressional Republicans for the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules, a shift which goes into effect Monday.

There are a few states that are battling the repeal of net neutrality within their own governments, both NY and Washington have already passed legislation that stops or discourages internet providers from favoring content. California is now in the process of passing a similar law, which will give users stricter protections that those under the Obama Era net neutrality rules.

The Federal Communications Commission said the repeal will remove problematic regulations.

Net neutrality rules created to ensure equal Internet access formally are set to expire on Monday after a lengthy battle. The rule stipulates that every ISP must clearly disclose their practices to consumers and that the Federal Trade Commission will regulate any ISP that imposes unfair or deceptive practices. And rightly so. The gutting of net neutrality is a symbol of our broken democracy. Lawsuits and "mass online actions" will slow the pace of any changes as companies will want to see how it all plays out.

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These are set to replaced by a set of lighter-touch regulations passed months ago. The disclosures are essentially a get-out-of-jail-free card-the new FCC regime specifically allows ISPs to block, throttle, or prioritize content in exchange for payment as long as the ISPs disclose the fact that they're doing so. The industry has largely promised not to block or throttle websites in the absence of the rules, and the repeal order is still facing a legal challenge from a coalition of net neutrality supporters. The idea was to keep the internet open and uncensored.

On May 16, the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold only a narrow majority, voted 52 to 47 to overturn the decision by the FCC - which is now composed of three Republicans and Rosenworcel.

There is also 5G internet being rolled out later this year that will bring new wireless home internet options. Others, including the governors of Montana and NY, used executive orders to force net neutrality. "The Internet is coming for net neutrality". How deeply future legislation might protect net neutrality will largely depend on which representatives are writing and voting on it, which means upcoming elections are very important for the fate of net neutrality.

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