The Federal Communications Commission Just Killed the Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is dead for now. The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to repeal the tough net neutrality rules that prevented the Internet service providers from blocking or slowing some websites and prioritising others. The federal government will no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility.
The action reversed the 2015 Obama-era regulatory plan that addressed a rapidly changing internet. Under regulations, FCC classified broadband providers as Title II common carriers, meaning internet service was considered a utility. The rules prevented the following practices:

Blocking: Internet service providers could not discriminate against lawful content by blocking certain websites.

Throttling: Service providers aren’t allowed to slow transmission of data to certain websites.

Paid Prioritisation: Internet providers cannot create an internet fast lane and charge a premium for companies and customers.

Thursday’s vote undoes all these rules. The new regulations largely don’t prevent service providers from doing anything. The only rule is the companies will have to publicly state what they are going to do.

What does this mean for consumers?
Many believe that internet service providers will take advantage of the freedom to prioritise certain types of traffic which could ultimately have an effect on speeds or pricing.

Consumer advocates say the broadband companies might start selling internet in bundles, much like how cable television is sold today. Under a bundling system, we might see sites divided into Social Media or Video-Streaming categories with different packages.

Another concern is that big media companies and affluent people will occupy the fast lane internet while others will be left behind. The non-neutrality policies might also affect the small and medium businesses, leaving them on an unfair playing field.

However, opponents of net neutrality argue that the new regulations will promote innovation and competition. The rollback of these rules would also benefit consumers because this will allow broadband service providers can now offer a wide variety of service options.

Despite what many fear, broadband companies aren’t likely to start charging you extra for YouTube or video streaming. It is likely to take weeks for the repeal to go into effect, so there might not be any immediate changes.

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December 16, 2017 2:11 pm 2:11 PM

In India Airtel is expert in throttling along with idea and Vodafone.

December 16, 2017 7:33 pm 7:33 PM

What did it do now ?

Kirti Khurana
December 16, 2017 3:28 pm 3:28 PM

Yes even in the shadow of net neutrality in India Telcos are throttling various websites just like daylight robbery.

Madhan Kumar
December 15, 2017 11:14 pm 11:14 PM

These type of regulations were bound to happen when USA people selected a mad old guy like Trump who often publicly comments bad about his own daughter!

December 15, 2017 3:29 pm 3:29 PM
Jio is totally against net neutrality. Being using Jio for more than 15 months, it is clear that they are controlling speed of various websites differently. Jio services such as jio music or jio tv has better net speed while normal browsing or direct downloads are very very slow. only sites and apps who pay hefty sums to jio get fast speeds on jio network. also jio treats jiophone is also against net neutrality. JIO uses internet for voice calls too and all of its plans are saying that voice calls are free. So voice data packets are free of… Read more »
Kirti Khurana
December 16, 2017 3:29 pm 3:29 PM

not only Jio I’ve experienced Airtel also throttling many websites

Girish Gowda
December 15, 2017 5:37 pm 5:37 PM

Whatever you said is hogwash. JIO doesn’t throttle anything, except it has banned plenty of torrent sites. And voice is never charged from your data allocation on JIO. Airtel on the other hand regularly throttles internet speed on purpose and barely gives 800MB or data (upload and download combined) on their 1GB per day plans (but they haven’t banned torrent sites, yet).

Think Logic
December 17, 2017 1:37 am 1:37 AM

I have experienced throttling of Paytm on Jio network till recently. Now it looks like Paytm has done some deal with Jio.

December 15, 2017 5:26 pm 5:26 PM

dont talk trash here.