FCC chairman celebrates the end of net neutrality with more lies

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The net neutrality protections prohibited internet providers from favoring or blocking access to particular products or websites.

The agency said the regulations were unnecessary and unhelpful, but critics counter that internet service providers will now have too much control over the flow of online content.

Monday marks the official end of the federal government's net neutrality rules, the Obama-era regulations that said Internet providers can't block or slow down websites, or prioritize their own content over others.

A spokeswoman for the FCC previously directed CNNMoney to a section of the final order for net neutrality, in which the FCC asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal. "That idea sits at the foundation of internet services, reflects how consumers enjoy the internet today, and despite claims to the contrary, has never truly been in jeopardy".

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Opponents to this change fear that the repeal of net neutrality rules will open the door for service providers to censor content online or to charge more for certain types of content.

"Those "fast lanes" will put those who won't or can not pay in the slow lane, making the internet look a lot like cable TV", Sohn says.

Yet, some fear it's also possible internet providers will one day effectively charge customers more to access services like Netflix that are now included as part of your monthly bill. ISPs would only be punished by the FCC if they fail to disclose what the commission used to consider net neutrality violations.

Congress attempted to overturn the FCC repeal, passing a resolution to do so with a bipartisan vote in May.

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"The big ISPs know that they're being watched - by Congress, by the courts and by their customers", she said. Net neutrality rules were created for two reasons. "Our approach includes strong consumer protections", Pai writes, saying that the FTC - an organization with minimal regulatory powers and no specialist knowledge of the complicated telecoms industry - is the fearless regulator we all deserve. But the push is unlikely to succeed: while a vote in the Senate has put pressure on the House, the larger Republican majority in House is likely to keep things from going any further. It will head to the State Assembly, where hearings will begin in June and must be voted on by the end of August. Consumer advocates are concerned that internet providers plan to extend prioritization to the internet. Ajit Pai, FCC chairman, felt that the net neutrality rules stifled innovation.

"The gutting of net neutrality is a symbol of our broken democracy", said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight For the Future, in a statement Monday.

The Federal Communications Commission rollback of net neutrality went into effect today.

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