Would you rather have net neutrality or an open internet?

Would you rather have net neutrality or an open internet?

Lindsey Duncan
June 15, 2018

It's hard to say what specific changes you might experience; part of the whole point of undoing the net neutrality rules is that Internet providers will begin to experiment with all-new business models we haven't seen before.

Net neutrality supporters, including the Silicon Valley group Internet Association, also say that even though the repeal took effect, they intend to continue fighting to restore the Obama-era rules.

In an op-ed for CNET on Monday, Pai wrote that the Obama-era rules requiring internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally were too onerous.

To put it simply, internet service providers could start charging companies to ensure their content loads at a decent speed, which is very important if a company is to be successful online.

Political analyst Gary Nordlinger says these new rules could affect the way internet providers do business. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a video statement that while some regulations have been rolled back, the "transparency rule" has been expanded.

Internet providers could choose to prioritize their own content and services over those of rivals. Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access and more competition.

There is also 5G internet being rolled out later this year that will bring new wireless home internet options.

"Today, the Trump Administration has set into motion the destruction of the free and open Internet", she claimed. They're anxious the providers will charge consumers extra to reach particular sites and services in a speedy manner, either by directly billing them or by charging companies like Netflix, which could be expected to pass on the costs to their subscribers.

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Why was net neutrality repealed?

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", Pai said in a statement last month.

The California state Senate passed a net neutrality bill on Wednesday. Many ISPs seem to be concerned that any drastic move could force many of their customers to subscribe to new internet options like 5G when it rolls out later this year. OR followed in Washington's footsteps in April, passing its own net neutrality law.

"Following the decision to repeal net neutrality, many Americans anxious that the internet would turn into what cable-tv is: a set of options based on price and preference".

The repeal effectively narrows what the federal government would consider a net neutrality violation.

In addition, the FCC is facing legal challenges from consumer rights groups and some state attorneys general over its decision.

"The people saying we can't pass the resolution to #SaveTheInternet in the House are the same people who were saying we couldn't do it in the Senate", Sen. But far more realistically, we're probably going to see some gradual shifts in our service over time, especially since Comcast backed down on its good-faith promise the day the repeal passed and has previously limited access to peer-to-peer applications.