The long battle towards net neutrality is finally settling down. States can now adopt and enforce rules on net neutrality. The issue has been going on for years but is slowly clearing up.
The FCC had tried to repeal net neutrality rules which were enforced during the Obama era in 2017. The court upheld the repeal of rules but however, states were blocked from making their own net neutrality protections.
Other issues like public safety will have to be considered, says the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ajit Pai, the FCC Chairman, says that the decision is a victory for the agency and a victory for consumers too. It helps in deploying a broadband facility that is open and free on the internet. Transparency rule has also been upheld by the court he says.
In 2017, the FCC voted to roll back the rule which did not allow broadband companies to block or slow down access to the internet. They had a 3-2 vote win. Internet providers were also barred from charging companies to give their content speedily.
But after this court ruling, consumers are able to get faster internet speed, which is up by almost 40 percent. Millions have benefitted through the access, says Pai. Big broadband companies have been controlling the usage of the internet and its regulations.
During the Obama-era, broadband services were performing common carrier services and broadband was almost a public utility that had traditional regulations similar to phone service.
Net neutrality allows for all traffic to be treated equally. Facebook and Instagram users were provided the same treatment as those using Amazon or Netflix for streaming movies. Similarly, big companies will not be able to favor their own content.
In 2015, net neutrality regulations were adopted by the FCC, which were repealed in 2017.
Since June 2018, internet providers could block access to websites, after net neutrality was repealed by the FCC.