Hey, remember when there was all of that hubbub about the FCC vote that killed net neutrality? And remember how it seemed like it was taking forever to implement the new (lack of) rules? Well, guess what: they’ve finally, actually killed net neutrality.
After much delay and plenty of drama, the new FCC rules voted on in that contentious meeting have gone into full effect. The new rules are, effectively, the absence of old rules: starting today, internet service providers (ISPs) can do a few big things they were previously not allowed to do.
Those things include blocking sites they don’t like, throttling the speeds of legal internet traffic, and creating “fast lanes” for higher-paying customers like big corporations.
If you’re wondering about the movement in Congress to counter this move via the Congressional Review Act, that’s still in the works. 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. Plus, President Donald Trump could still just veto the measure. The more realistic goal of the act is to put pressure on Republicans ahead of the 2020 elections – only changes in leadership are likely to have an effect on U.S. net neutrality rules.
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