What Does Net Neutrality Mean To You

Ask anyone.  “What is Net Neutrality?” and you will likely get a variety of answers.  Often the answer will depend on your perspective or political views.  Some would say it is government overreach that stifles innovation.  Some would say it is a way to insure equal access to the internet and everybody being treated the same.  Either answer, in some respect, is probably correct and helps to explain why there is so much confusion.

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the Net Neutrality rules.  The focus of the rules was to insure that internet traffic was not blocked, throttled, or prioritized.  In other words, all traffic must be treated in an equal manner.  It also gave the FCC jurisdiction over internet traffic by classifying it as a telecommunications service.

In 2017, the Chairman of the FCC changed and so did the view regarding Net Neutrality.  The new FCC Chairman created a new set of rules called Restoring Internet Freedom.  The new rules allowed some of the practices previously banned under the Net Neutrality rules.  The rules also returned the jurisdiction of internet traffic to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Many states have passed laws to try to restore some of the rules adopted under the Net Neutrality rules.  Oregon passed a law in 2018 that banned practices like blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization for companies that wanted to do business with public entities.  These rules will continue to evolve and probably see court challenges in the future.

The “Bottom Line” is that your internet traffic provided by Pioneer and PEAK has been and is given equal treatment and not subject to blocking, throttling, or prioritization.  Your internet traffic will continue to be treated in an equal manner despite the current rules or regulatory jurisdiction.

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