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Proponents of the repeal say this easing of regulations will encourage investment and innovation, and that the Federal Trade Commission can remedy any potential harm through antitrust enforcement on a case-by-case basis.

Blocking: Internet service providers could not discriminate against any lawful content by blocking websites or apps.

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", Pai said in a statement at the time. This means not discriminating or charging differently by user, content website, platform, type, or application. To commemorate the occasion, FCC chairman Ajit Pai - the man mainly responsible for the repeal of Net Neutrality - penned an op-ed piece for CNET in which he champions the dissolution of internet regulations.

In the meantime, some ISPs have promised in the absence of the federal net neutrality rules to not slow data or block it, and with state laws in flux and a federal showdown possible, it's unlikely any would push the envelope at present.

What's more, internet advocates have always been concerned that if broadband providers are able to create so-called fast lanes to particular sites and services, they will in effect slow down traffic to all other locations on the internet.

"In the short term, I don't think consumers are going to see any change at all from the Internet experience they've come to cherish", Pai told The Washington Post on Friday.




Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you've heard about the impending death of net neutrality.

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. Those protections are transparency rules that require ISPs to publicly disclose any blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization.

Net neutrality has overwhelming public support, noted industry experts. "Their wisest course of action will be to eliminate net neutrality like a slow drip over time in the hope that consumers won't notice and will stop caring".

But they could start charging extra for services not yet offered.

That view is being challenged in the deferral court, however, which is due to hear an argument from net neutrality advocates - backed by the attorney generals of about as many states as Pai visited - that he acted arbitrarily in overturning Obama-era rules. Consumer groups have charged that when zero-rating plans are used to promote services owned by the broadband providers, or by companies that pay the providers to market them, they are akin to fast lanes. The 2016 election, with its broad abstention by the working class amid widespread hostility to Hillary Clinton, the favored candidate of Wall Street, and the subsequent strike movement by teachers independently of the unions, has made clear to the ruling elite that the imposition of internet censorship is necessary for the defense of its domination of society. Washington is the only state that has net neutrality rules in place, and other states are expected to follow suit and set up laws over the coming months through executive orders.


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