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

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The Federal Communications Commission's order to roll back President Obama-era net neutrality protections goes into effect Monday.

Internet providers don't have to treat all web traffic equally.

Despite expressing support for the FCC's rollback of Title II regulations, the IIA's statement also addressed fears that the repeal of net neutrality will empower internet service providers to discriminate against certain websites or services.

The FCC said it had repealed the rules because they restrained broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast from experimenting with new business models and investing in new technology.

FILE PHOTO: Chairman Ajit Pai speaks ahead of the vote on the repeal of so called net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, U.S., December 14, 2017. Such a scenario could be particularly devastating for startups with ambitions of becoming the next Netflix or Hulu, as they will have a much harder time paying ISP fees to compete early on. "Our transparency rule will also help ensure that any problematic conduct by Internet service providers is quickly identified and corrected".

The net neutrality rules are no longer the law of the land.

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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. He says that net neutrality, passed in 2015, "depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation". Governors in five states-Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont-have signed executive orders similar to Oregon's law covering service to the states. The rule stipulates that every ISP must clearly disclose their practices to consumers and that the Federal Trade Commission will regulate any ISP that imposes unfair or deceptive practices.

Any changes now, while the spotlight is on net neutrality, could lead to a public relations backlash. Essentially, users and consumers of the internet will not be charged more for faster or better speeds, instead, the accessible quality and quantity of the internet will be the same for everyone.

The measure in the House seeks to reinstate the 2015 rules. Earlier this decade, many consumers found their access to Netflix slowed amid a dispute between the streaming video provider and broadband companies over who would pay to upgrade the connections between their networks.

Pai attempted to bolster the FCC's decision through claims that the new regulations introduces stronger transparency laws and hence more protection for the consumer.

"It is a period of profound change", said Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, one of Pai's chief critics, "and we are also watching a lot of the big get even bigger".

In the op-ed, Pai says that repealing Net Neutrality "will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access, and more competition" while simultaneously preserving the internet as "an open platform where you are free to go where you want".

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