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Dec 14, The internet is a set of pipes. It's also a set of values. Whose? The people who consider it a great social equalizer, a playing field that has to be. Dec 14, Demonstrators rally in support of net neutrality outside a Verizon store in Protesters gathered outside the FCC meeting on Thursday, some on net neutrality's end, in by then-President Barack Obama. of Free Press, a pro- net neutrality organisation that works for media plurality, told Al Jazeera. Apr 26, President Obama made an unusual public push for the The current net neutrality rules were affirmed by a federal appeals court, which could put an Last week, Mr. Pai went to Silicon Valley to meet with executives of tech.
What is net neutrality and why it matters
In December, the FCC would go on to pass a final version, adopting their first-ever rules to regulate Internet access. May 16 The FCC Issues a notice of proposed rulemaking on internet regulatory structure, opening a period during which the public could submit comments on the rule. You want to leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed. Nearly 4 million Americans filed public comments on net neutrality during that period — more than the FCC has received on any other issue they've handled.
November The President's message on net neutrality: Watch, Download mp4 November The President's Message on Net Neutrality November 10, An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life.
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We cannot allow Internet service providers ISPs to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas. That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission FCC to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.
When I was a candidate for this office, I made clear my commitment to a free and open Internet, and my commitment remains as strong as ever.
Four years ago, the FCC tried to implement rules that would protect net neutrality with little to no impact on the telecommunications companies that make important investments in our economy. After the rules were challenged, the court reviewing the rules agreed with the FCC that net neutrality was essential for preserving an environment that encourages new investment in the network, new online services and content, and everything else that makes up the Internet as we now know it.
Unfortunately, the court ultimately struck down the rules — not because it disagreed with the need to protect net neutrality, but because it believed the FCC had taken the wrong legal approach. The FCC is an independent agency, and ultimately this decision is theirs alone. I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online.
The rules I am asking for are simple, common-sense steps that reflect the Internet you and I use every day, and that some ISPs already observe. These bright-line rules include: And of the emails that came from legitimate email addresses, the vast majority were form letters originating from the same pro- and anti-net neutrality groups. Then there was the controversy over a supposed cyberattack on the comment system that temporarily shut down the platform on exactly the same day thousands of net neutrality supporters responded to comedian John Oliver's call to flood the agency with comments.
That "cyberattack" has been confirmed to be falseafter more than a year of speculation. Instead the IG suggested the outage occurred because the agency hadn't prepared its website for a flood of visitors. What's it all mean for me?
The repeal of the FCC's net neutrality rules was a big change in policy. But for most people, their hasn't really changed.
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But over time, it could change significantly. Whether you think that change will be for the better or the worse depends on whom you believe. Pai and many other Republicans say freeing up broadband providers from onerous and outdated regulation will let them invest more in their networks. Net neutrality argue that the FCC's financial analysis is wrong.
Ed Markey of Massachusetts, consumer advocacy groups, civil rights organizations and technology companies like Google and Mozilla say that repealing the rules and stripping the FCC of its authority will lead to broadband companies controlling more of your internet experience. This may lead to higher prices. Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union also say it could affect your First Amendment right to free speech as big companies control more of what you experience online.
Net neutrality supporters have filed lawsuits to reinstate the old rules.
FCC chief plans to ditch U.S. 'net neutrality' rules | Reuters
Several tech companies, including Vimeo, Mozilla, Kickstarter, Foursquare and Etsy, as well as several state attorneys general, have launched lawsuits against the FCC to preserve net neutrality rules. They argue the FCC's decision to change the classification of broadband and to get rid of the rules violates the Administrative Procedure Act, because it is "arbitrary and capricious.
This is the same court that upheld challenges to the original rules in Final briefs in the case due Nov. But the hasn't yet set a date for oral argument or to announce the makeup of the three-judge panel that will hear the appeal.
In October, California struck a deal with the DOJ that it would not enforce its net neutrality law until the lawsuit in the DC Circuit, challenging the agency's repeal, is resolved. What is Congress doing? If it passes both houses of Congress, it still has to be signed into law by President Donald Trump to officially turn back the repeal. Democrats in Congress have tried to make net neutrality an issue in the midterm election, but it's unclear how much of a factor this issue has played in an already heated election cycle.
If Democrats retake Congress, they could write laws protecting an open internet. But in this sharply partisan time, it's unlikely Democrats and Republicans will come to a consensus.
Could an FCC controlled by Democrats reverse course? They'd have to go through the same rule-making process as last time. But everyone agrees that this ping-ponging between having rules and not having rules isn't good for anyone. For this reason, people on both sides of the issue would like to see a permanent fix from Congress. What can I do now?
Net neutrality supporters say the fight isn't over yet. They're calling on those who care about the issue to continue pushing state legislatures to pass their own net neutrality measures.
First published April 23 at 5 a. The headline and the story have been changed to reflect that key parts of the order to repeal net neutrality rules don't go into effect until after the Office of Management and Budget gives its approval. Updates, May 16 at 1: Includes information on the Senate action on the Congressional Review Act.
Adds background and reflects the June 11 end date of the Obama-era net neutrality rules. June 11 at 5: To note that the roll back has officially gone into effect. Portugal is part of the European Unionevery member of which is required to maintain net neutrality for broadband connections, though this is decided by National Regulatory Authorities NRAs.
EU-wide net neutrality rules were first adopted ingoing into effect on April 30, All 28 member states are barred from "blocking or throttling or discrimination of online content, applications and services", according to the European Commission. NRAs in each country "have the powers and the obligation to assess traffic management, commercial practices [sic] and agreements and to effectively enforce" these rules.
The confusion appears to be the result of a tweet by Ro Khanna, a Democratic Congress member from California, showing a Portuguese mobile phone data plan through a telecommunications company called Meo that offers "zero-rating" services. Zero-rating means that certain applications, usually messaging apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, are not subject to data caps.
If you use all your plan's allotted data, then these apps continue working. Mobile data plans are separate from home-use internet plans, and fall under a different set of regulations both in the US and the EU, so the issue of mobile data is generally considered a separate issue. But for Dwayne Winseck, a professor at Canada's Carleton University and director of the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project, zero-rating is an issue of net neutrality, and it is usually found in countries with poor data plans.
Pai dropped all investigations into zero-rating practices in February. That's good for Meo, but that's not good for the Portuguese," Winseck said. Asked if there could be broadband plans similar to Meo's mobile data plans, Winseck said: I don't think people look to the US anymore as a beacon on the hill" for internet access, Winseck said. While the US was the global leader throughout the s and s, by the early s, it began to "goof around" with net neutrality and market liberalisation, he said.