Net Neutrality Rules Now In Effect

By June 14, 2015

We’ve been chronicling the odyseey of net neutrality for the last several months, and as of yesterday, those rules are now in effect within the United States.

Because of this, the Federal Communications Commission now has the ability to step in and stop internet service providers from potentially tampering with your service, and the level of access you have to it. The rules, when adopted earlier this year, classifies the internet as a neutral gateway for all people in the United States to access, with some noted plans by high-end internet service providers (such as Comcast, Time Warner, or Verizon) to stop plans for creating tiered speed lanes at different pricing levels.

A hiccup earlier this year came when Netflix began paying Comcast for more reliable connections to their network, which caused prices at the streaming giant to go up in order to cover the new costs. Companies that supported implementation of the new rules included Google, Netflix, Twitter, Amazon, and eBay, while companies that were against them included a bevy of ISP’s like the aforementioned Comcast and Verizon, who feel that the rules represent a “regulatory overreach” that will stifle business opportunities.

As The Verge notes, though, these rules do more for the current state of affairs and how to protect them than they do to actually change the way the internet operates in regards to the law. The legal battle over net neutrality is far from settled, as many of the involved ISPs will be attempting to appeal the various court decisions over the next several months to get the rules overturned.

For more on this as it takes shape, keep an eye on GeekNation.

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • David Johnson

    Government Involvement In Private Enterprises Generally Never Goes Well For Consumer. I use to have Affordable High Quality Insurance (now higher premium, Much HIGHER Deductibles, & lots more hoops to jump through)!!

  • Katey

    great news, tiered speed lanes are a scam and total BS

  • USAjoe

    I bet the greedy ISP’s will end up winning this battle to be honest :/

    • David Johnson

      What You think that wasn’t the Lobbyists in Washington’s plan from the beginning!

  • Sean L

    good news alright. its great the federal government has taken action against against the ISP’s. but who or what is going to take action against how the federal government abuse our rights online…

    • David Johnson

      How Big & Intrusive will the FCC now become!!!!

      • tommymadden3

        yeah exactly :/ There will be no hiding from them what so ever!

    • tommymadden3

      yeah I hear you, i see this as a small bit of good news covering up the much more bad news that happens behind the curtains.

  • Daniel

    The internet is probably the most important thing in existence for society right now, it is important we deal with its issues correctly..

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