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.
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