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Net neutrality formally rolled back in US

The Obama administration-era net neutrality rules are gone. After a lengthy process, FCC chairman Ajit Pai's Restore Internet Freedom order has taken effect on Monday, per the New York Times. This order undoes net neutrality protections put in place by the Open Internet order by the previous FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. Both Wheeler and Pai have worked for ISPs in the past. Even as the rules — which protect against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of content — come undone, some states have already been independently pushing legislation to protect net neutrality. While the repeal includes language to prevent states from doing this sort of thing, the FCC must deal with both legal challenges against states, as well as legal challenges against itself; civil suits against the Restore Internet Freedom order are mounting. This comes as in India, TRAI issued recommendations upholding net neutrality, and the concept is a priority in the Draft National Digital Communications Policy, 2018. In the draft, net neutrality is one of the seven goals the Indian government needs to achieve by 2022. FTC authority The repeal makes ISP discrimination the Federal Trade Commission's responsibility, which does not bring cases very often. The FTC is, however, moving on a lawsuit against AT&T against that ISP's throttling practices on so-called 'Unlimited' plans. The net neutrality rules in the US only protected against speed- and availability-based violations. Price-based discrimination, like zero-rating, is allowed. T-Mobile's Binge-On plan, for instance, streams video from some providers' platforms for free, while access to…

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