Today marks the official end to the FCC Net Neutrality rules. Now control over regulating the internet moves from the FCC to the Federal Trade Commision FTC. Before 2015 The FTC had control over regulating the internet and it was only for the three years that the FCC had control.
This change has raised fears that companies like Comcast would suddenly start slowing down services like Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, etc. Now Comcast Cable president Dave Watson posted a blog post today to reconfirm Comcast’s “committed to an open internet.”
In the statement, Dave Watson said “Your Comcast service isn’t different today. And it won’t be different tomorrow. We still don’t and won’t block, throttle or discriminate against lawful content. We’re still not creating fast lanes. We still don’t have plans to enter into any so-called paid prioritization agreements.”
Several states are rushing to pass new net neutrality laws to replace the FCC rules. Even at the federal level, there is an effort to restore the rules the FCC had in place. Many ISPs say they are waiting to see what happens with the proposed Net Neutrality rules.
There is also 5G internet being rolled out later this year that will bring new wireless home internet options. For the first time in many markets, ISPs will face real competition for your home internet service. Many ISPs seem to be concerned that any drastic move could force many of their customers to subscribe to new internet options like 5G when it rolls out later this year.
For now, we are in a wait and see mode to see what happens next. Will the FTC make new rules or will new competition from new ISPs force ISPs to drop things like data caps? For now, only time will tell.
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