Your Internet Company Can Now Charge You More For Netflix And Facebook

The Repeal of Net Neutrality Is Official. Here’s How That Could Affect You.

The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of its net neutrality rules officially takes effect Monday, but you shouldn't expect your internet experience to change immediately.

As chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai spearheaded the repeal of the agency's net-neutrality rules.

After the commission voted to repeal the rules in December, it faced a public outcry, legal challenges from state attorneys general and public interest groups, and a push by Democratic lawmakers to overturn the decision. Pai, Clyburn, Rosenworcel, and O'Reilly were appointed by the Obama Administration whereas Carr was a recent Trump appointment.

The governors of New York, New Jersey, and Montana, for example, have each signed executive orders requiring broadband providers with state contracts to be net neutral.

The Obama era mandate gave consumers equal access and equal speeds to all content on the internet.

A spokeswoman for the FCC previously directed CNNMoney to a section of the final order for net neutrality, in which the FCC asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal.

That may sound annoying for Netflix users, but it's easy to imagine farther-reaching consequences given the ubiquity of the internet, which now functions more like electricity than an information service.

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", Pai said in a statement at the time.

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"This was a loss for consumers and a mistake we have reversed".

No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices. "You want access to the whole Internet?"

Without the net neutrality rules, and in the context of a non-competitive ISP market in the United States, many fear that the ISPs will start charging websites additional fees depending on the type of content they serve through the ISPs' networks. Almost two dozen states and several companies have sued the government to try and preserve the rules. If companies like Comcast and AT&T can charge more for "internet packages" the same way they charge different prices for cable TV packages, Schaub said people who are already struggling to pay their bills may suffer.

Others, including the governors of Montana and NY, used executive orders to force net neutrality. "Our transparency rule will also help ensure that any problematic conduct by Internet service providers is quickly identified and corrected".

"If the companies decide we don't like this particular organization or what they stand for so we're not going to let it go out to the people that we provide services to".

"At the dawn of the commercial Internet, President [Bill] Clinton and a Republican Congress agreed on a light-touch framework to regulating the Internet".

Several internet providers made public pledges that they would not block or throttle sites once the rules were repealed. Ed Markey of MA wrote on Twitter. Some states are moving to restore net neutrality, and lawsuits are pending.

But only time will tell if the latest decision will lead to the slow death of the open internet as we know it - or whether the predictions have been too drastic.

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