While the now-defunct net neutrality rules didn't specifically address interchange disputes, they did give the FCC broad latitude to oversee the "general conduct" of broadband providers to determine if the companies were being anticompetitive or interfering with customers' ability to access internet sites and services. "This summer we'll channel our anger productively and harness the power of the internet to mount an unprecedented district-by-district campaign to get Congress to do their job".
A coalition of pro net-neutrality organizations has named Monday, June 11, as "Neutrality Action Day", and they're encouraging members to spread their messages on social media and contact their local representatives in the House.
Customers of streaming services like Netflix could see their subscription fees rise if the company chooses to pay more.
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And while net neutrality is polarizing, it is an example of a regulation that both companies and consumers agree on.
The net neutrality rules were approved by the FCC in 2015 amid an outpouring of online support.
More than 20 states sued the government to stop the repeal, as did the public-interest group Free Press, think tank Open Technology Institute and Firefox browser maker Mozilla. And in its repeal decision, the FCC explicitly rejects the idea that it has much authority to regulate Internet providers at all.
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Pai claimed in a CNET op-ed that the repeal preserves the Internet as "an open platform where you are free to go where you want" and that it "will protect consumers and promote better, faster Internet access and more competition".
Net neutrality looks set to live on in piecemeal form as some USA states are enacting legislation that will require telecoms companies operating in their territories to abide by similar laws. Chances are they were saying that to make it more likely that the FCC's rules would be repealed, or so they could support a bill with much weaker regulations and perhaps even some benefits for the ISPs.
For anyone who hasn't been following, net neutrality is the concept of treating all internet traffic the same, no matter where it originates from.
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