How Trump's FCC Net Neutrality Repeal Will Ruin The Internet
Today, much like every other day since January 20, 2017, we're reminded of how much we miss Obama. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, announced that the FCC plans to repeal the net neutrality rules set by Obama during his presidency. While some people feel like the FCC net neutrality repeal will help the open market, others understand that telecommunication companies could potentially slow down or even block your content while charging you more in the process. Not sure how net neutrality works and what will happen once the FCC repeals net neutrality? Here's how the FCC's repeal of net neutrality will ruin the internet.
The internet is the public square of the 21st century. Unless we all speak out against the @FCC’s efforts to gut #netneutrality, the free and open internet we know today could be gone for good. https://t.co/QI9MQmwBT4— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) November 21, 2017
What Is Net Neutrality?
Net neutrality was set up by the Obama administration to treat the Internet like a basic utility such as a phone connection or electricity. The Internet became regarded as something that everyone needs, no longer being considered a luxury. As a result, net neutrality prevents your Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T to give preference to certain types of traffic and content, ensuring that everyone has equal access to the Internet.
Without #NetNeutrality your ISP can:— Bill Prady (@billprady) November 21, 2017
1. Charge you extra to reach certain websites.
2. Slow down streaming services like Netflix that compete with their streaming services.
3. Block some websites altogether.
This is the end of the free and open Internet.
What Happens If The FCC Repeals Net Neutrality?
The FCC's newest chairman, who was appointed by Trump, wants to repeal net neutrality so that it will be classified as an "information service." The FCC sees the repeal of net neutrality different, describing that the end of net neutrality would go back "o the bipartisan, light-touch regulatory framework under which a free and open Internet flourished for almost 20 years."
However, they fail to mention that repealing net neutrality gives Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T to benefit at the expense of content providers such as Google and Netflix. This means that Internet service providers have the power to block a customer from accessing a website or even throttle their access. Essentially, this means that Internet service providers can pick and choose which websites you go to. So, for example, an ISP could block or slow down your Netflix or YouTube content, making these services almost impossible to watch. Then, the ISP can go in and demand more money from Netflix or YouTube for its video streams, which could cause Netflix to increase their prices just to stay running.
Still not convinced that losing net neutrality is a big deal? Check out John Oliver's segment on the topic:
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