These states are working to keep net neutrality alive

These states are working to keep net neutrality alive

These states are working to keep net neutrality alive

Watch NOVA's recent video on how today's repeal of net neutrality may hurt-or help-everything from climate science to cybersecurity to medical research.

Ellis SchumerDem leaders condemn Trump after reversal on G-7 communique endorsement Dem lawmaker: Trump conceding "role as leader of the free world" after G-7 summit Schumer: Trump "turning our foreign policy into an global joke" MORE (D-N.Y) is blaming congressional Republicans for the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules, a shift which goes into effect Monday. Companies couldn't pay service providers like Verizon or AT&T extra to make their site or app load faster for internet users, and ISPs couldn't block or throttle content and data, as long as it was legal.

Internet service providers (ISP) use zero-rating plans to promote a particular service - usually one they own or have a stake in. If you're a fan of Netflix, for example, net neutrality holds that you should be able to watch its shows without running into impediments your ISP puts up that are created to push you toward a competing service, such as Hulu.

The debate around net neutrality was immediately politicized.

After a drawn-out battle between internet advocates and Trump's Federal Communications Commission, today marks the official end of net neutrality.

And while net neutrality is polarizing, it is an example of a regulation that both companies and consumers agree on.

In the wake of the FCC's repeal of its net neutrality rules, several states have adopted their own protections.

In the era of net neutrality, the internet was a level playing field.

The governors of New York, New Jersey, and Montana, for example, have each signed executive orders requiring broadband providers with state contracts to be net neutral.

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The blocking and slowing of websites gets much of the attention in the net neutrality debate. The intention was to keep the internet open and fair.

And the last major concern is blocked content. ISPs could change their terms of service to censor content deemed offensive or immoral.

Probably not. You won't even see the direct effects of this repeal immediately.

Many also feared that without the net neutrality rules in place, the ISPs could start offering its customers "service packages", which would splinter the internet.

And how will repealing net neutrality affect me?

Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communication Commission building in Washington, D.C., against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017.

Others, like Schaub, disagree. Anyone with access could do what they wanted as long as they wanted.

Customers of streaming services like Netflix could see their subscription fees rise if the company chooses to pay more. "You want access to the whole Internet? The Internet is coming for net neutrality".

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