Net neutrality is no more. Here's what that means

The end of net neutrality could make cable giants like Comcast even richer. But not in Washington state

The Senate last month passed a Congressional Review Act measure 52-47 aiming to overturn the 2017 measure (the CRA is a quick way to overturn newly-passed regulations within 60 legislative days of passage). Among the Republican commissioners who voted in favor of the repeal was Pai, Michael O'Reilly, and Brendan Carr.

Why is net neutrality such a big deal?

The debate around net neutrality was immediately politicized. He says small business owners like Black, who sells 99% of his product online, could end up losing customers to these large corporations if they pay for a faster website.

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.

Organizations that fought to preserve net neutrality say the battle isn't over. As mentioned, net neutrality has bipartisan support amongst Americans, even if the GOP as a national organization stands against it.

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. Several states including NY and Washington, have passed regulations that impose net neutrality on a local level.

And how will repealing net neutrality affect me?

The bottom line is that our regulatory framework will both protect the free and open internet and deliver more digital opportunity to more Americans.

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E-commerce startups have feared that they could end up on the losing end of paid prioritization, with their websites and services loading more slowly than those run by internet behemoths.

The new rule means more money for broadband companies. For example, an ISP could charge a base fee for basic internet, and $5 extra for a social media package that includes Facebook and Twitter, or a $10 entertainment package that bundles in streaming music as well.

Washington and OR have gone farther, and passed laws that require all ISPs within their borders to offer net neutrality protections.

What do you think about the net neutrality repeal?

"We may not see the broadband providers immediately change their practices on day one", said Matt Wood, a policy director at consumer advocacy group Free Press. "People should be able to access the information that they're looking for, regardless of what their internet provider believes in". But, "it's much easier to reduce this issue to a Twitter slogan than it is to really get behind the detail and figure out what reasonable network management practices are", he said. So let's be honest: "this is bad", she said.

Others, like Schaub, disagree. Those programs allow consumers to access certain sites and services without the data to and from them applying to any monthly caps they may have.

"It's going to mean better, faster, cheaper internet access for consumers, and more competition", Mr. Pai said in a June 7 news conference in Washington. With the rules coming off the books, how is your Internet experience likely to change? How has Amazon's entry changed the grocery business?

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