Attorney General Becerra Decries Congress' Failure to Preserve Net Neutrality Rules

Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai

Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai

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

Things have also become complicated through a range of mergers that have taken place between media, telecom, and tech companies, hence trying to combine their pipes, which carry traffic with must-watch programs in return for TRP and earnings in dollars.

"But since most people in the United States don't have more than one or two internet providers to choose from for broadband service, if users don't wish to accept those terms, many won't have anywhere else to go for their internet". The FCC also eliminated a rule barring providers from prioritizing their own content.

Any changes now, while the spotlight is on Net neutrality, could lead to a public relations backlash. That said, more than half the states in the nation are now eyeing their own net neutrality protections, either in the form of executive orders banning states from doing business with net neutrality violating ISPs (like in Montana or New York), or new net neutrality state-level laws that in many instances (California) go even further than the federal laws they're meant to replace. It will then be evaluated based on whether or not the activity is anti-competitive.

Repealing the net neutrality rules raised concerns that it would give Internet providers too much power over how online content could now be delivered. Pai said the new order will allow Internet providers to invest in broadband services that reach more rural and low-income communities.

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"The FTC will once again be able to protect Americans consistently across the internet economy, and the FCC will work hand-in-hand with our partners at the FTC to do just that", Pai wrote in an op-ed column Monday.

Can Net Neutrality be Revived?

"The law is not changing in that respect with this particular repeal that we did". T-Mobile, for example, was criticized by net neutrality supporters for effectively making it cheaper for customers to stream videos from Netflix and HBO, putting other video services at a disadvantage.

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has leveraged members' voices, alongside political intelligence from their Advocacy Group, to showcase net neutrality as a significant part of their 2018 Federal Legislative and Regulatory Priorities. "Our transparency rule will also help ensure that any problematic conduct by internet service providers is quickly identified and corrected". This contentious decision received quite a bit of backlash from those who work in the technology sector, groups created to protect consumer interests and the public in general. Numerous commenters urged the FCC to preserve the government's net neutrality protections, which had treated ISPs similar to utilities.

Several states of the North American country have already moved to keep the neutrality of the Internet alive, at least gradually, by enacting legislation that will require internet providers operating in their territories to comply with similar standards.

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