A Year Without Net Neutrality: No Big Changes Yet WIRED

State attorneys usual, net neutrality advocates, and industry groups representing businesses like Facebook and Netflix are locked in a legal battle against the FCC over the recent rules. Meanwhile, the Senate authorised laws that could repair the FCC rules if it’s also glided by the House and signed by President Trump. It’s a long shot, but since Congress prolonged its consultation, supporters have until as a minimum December 21 to push the laws via. Also, numerous states, including California, have passed their own net neutrality protections.

Whether the state level rules will continue to exist legal challenge is an open question. The US Department of Justice sued California immediately after Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s bill, and the law is now on hold pending the litigation over the FCC rules. Even while the Obama era net neutrality rules were in effect in 2017, ATandT, T Mobile, and Verizon began offering “unlimited” plans that put video in a slow lane. ATandT and T Mobile limit video speeds on their entry level limitless plans to 1. 5 Mbps, which is purely enough to stream DVD best video.

Both companies charge extra to stream at full high definition rates. Verizon’s most costly plan allows video streaming with a decision of only 720p on smartphones; if you are looking to watch a 1080p movie on Verizon’s network, you’ll need to do it from a tablet.

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