Your internet use could change as 'net neutrality' ends

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That may sound annoying for Netflix users, but it's easy to imagine farther-reaching consequences given the ubiquity of the internet, which now functions more like electricity than an information service.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told "CBS This Morning" that the new rules will provide a "light touch approach" that produces "tremendously positive" benefits for consumers.

We talked to the owner of Mad Mike's Computer Repair, who says that how much ISPs decide to block or slow down websites and apps may depend on whether people keep or leave their providers.

"Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster Internet access and more competition", Paid wrote in an op-ed published on CNET on Sunday.

Zero-rating programs weren't specifically barred under the now-defunct net neutrality protections.

Internet providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast had to treat all traffic equally. The disclosures are essentially a get-out-of-jail-free card-the new FCC regime specifically allows ISPs to block, throttle, or prioritize content in exchange for payment as long as the ISPs disclose the fact that they're doing so.

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Broadband companies have said that they will still continue to uphold the Net Neutrality principles but some Net Neutrality supporters say that it's not enough to just trust all the companies. The decision went into effect on Monday.

Those last two should stick out to you, as they have been key points in the debates surrounding net neutrality rules. "At the FCC, we have a transparency rule, where every company in the United States has to disclose their business practices, and the Federal Trade Commission is empowered to take action against any company that engages in any anti-competitive conduct".

In essence, the rules attempted to ensure a level playing field so that ISPs wouldn't favor their own services (in particular streaming video) over those by third parties by throttling and charging extra for certain traffic. After all, the rules on net neutrality have changed multiple times already - six times in the last 10 years, in fact.

Net neutrality advocates have heard that argument before and don't buy it.

This isn't something that ISPs did before net neutrality rules took effect, and proponents of the repeal argue that the open market will work itself without the rules in place. We're also waiting to hear whether the Supreme Court will agree to hear a separate lawsuit on net neutrality. Your internet service provider is not going to be changing everything today. Senate Democrats forced a vote to restore net neutrality through the Congressional Review Act in May.

But the Republican-led House, and President Trump, are both thought to be unlikely to back the Senate's measure. Several states including NY and Washington, have passed regulations that impose net neutrality on a local level.