U.S. Capitol Building at dusk. Having said that, Verizon, AT&T and Comcast have all promised not to discriminate against any legal content following the demise of net neutrality. From bogus usage caps and zero rating to interconnection shenanigans (where ISPs use their power to drive up costs for transit and content competitors), these costs and unfair restrictions, sooner or later, will be dropped in the lap of consumers, startups and smaller competitors across the entire internet ecosystem. "The real question, to some degree, is: is the internet going to work like the old telephone where you get to decide who you called and what you do or is it going to become more like cable?" The following year, a federal court upheld the rules against internet providers who argued that the regulations were too restrictive and harmed their ability to make more money and invest in next-generation infrastructure. We have seen this in recent months as some in Congress and outside groups have shaped an ominous narrative surrounding the way we regulate the internet.
"Americans do not want access to the internet to look like access to cable channels, where ISPs set up paid schemes to prioritize some websites and services over others". This is simply not the case. But these state proposals are solutions in search of problems.
Pai, who supported the order, said it will bring back "the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years", as well as allow the Federal Trade Commission to again target internet service providers for any unfair or deceptive business practices and protect broadband privacy.
"The FCC is on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law and the wrong side of the American people", she said in a statement. Attempting to seize a political opportunity, some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are taking a similarly misguided approach. A spokesman for McCarthy, Matthew Sparks, declined to comment on when or whether the House could take up the CRA, saying that the House is dedicated to working on a separate net neutrality bill "to permanently address this issue". Net Neutrality is quite popular, with eight out of 10 Americans in favor of it, according to Katharine Trendacosta, policy analyst. "It's time for Congress to come together and craft forward-looking rules of the road to end this debate once and for all". Among others, they will be free to charge online video companies higher fees for prioritized delivery, or charge consumers extra fees to stream Netflix or Amazon Prime.
While this may be a short-term fix the truth is the laws being passed at the state level are likely to be a longer-term fix.
"I strongly support a free and open Internet", Pai says in the FCC's announcement.