After the FCC or Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the proposal of net neutrality, there were bound to be countless court battles in the wake of the decision. But what exactly did this decision imply? What does the withdrawal of net neutrality mean for you? To provide you with the answers to all such questions and more, we bring to you a discussion of what exactly net neutrality is and how it was repealed.
What is net neutrality?
Net Neutrality as we know it can be defined as the principle according to which the ISPs or internet service providers are required to stop discriminating among users based on the platform, content, website, application and so on and charge them equally. In addition to this, the Internet service providers must also not charge extra for websites that host certain specific type of content such as videos, movies and the like.
How was the net neutrality repealed?
During the presidential tenure of Barack Obama, the FCC had introduced the concept of net neutrality back in 2015 and also proposed a regulatory plan to ensure better control of the rapidly transforming internet. According to the new regulations, the broadband service was now to be considered as a utility under the Communications Act Title II.
With net neutrality being recently repealed by the FCC, the regulations once introduced hold no relevance anymore. Some of the practices that were earlier prohibited by the net neutrality are no longer bound by law. Here are a few of them.
The Net neutrality required the internet service providers to stop discriminating against any kind of absolutely legal online content by blocking certain specific apps or websites.
The net neutrality prohibited the internet service providers to slow down the speed of transmission of any specific data depending upon the favorability of the nature of the content. The data in question must, however, be absolutely legal as recognized by the country’s government.
According to the regulations of net neutrality, the internet service providers were not permitted to generate specific fast network lanes for individual consumers and companies that are willing to sign up for premium packages and slower ones for those who cannot afford to do so.
Speculations are that with the net neutrality now being wiped off the face of the Earth, the internet service providers can come up bundling systems for selling their broadband services wherein the user will be required to necessarily pay for a premium package if they wish to access websites such as Facebook and Twitter. All we can do is wait and watch how things unfold in the future.