Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the 2015 Open Internet Order aka net neutrality. According to CNN, [net neutrality] is like equal opportunity for Internet speeds and access to websites: no unfair fast or slow lanes, and no blocking of anything that’s legal on your phone, computer or tablet.
With the repeal today, internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and the like, will be able to speed or slow down traffic across their servers from specific websites and apps. Non-internet service providers such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, WordPress (which I use), and others are the ones that will begin to feel the constraints, which in turn will hit our (the consumers) pockets. How? Because the internet service providers can charge higher fees, slow sites down, or block them completely.
Netflix tweeted the following:
It is surprising and sad that this was voted on by the FCC. We talk about equality and free markets but this is neither. I hope Congress vetoes this measure because, in my opinion, this will put the internet into the dark ages for years to come. All I can say is, ‘wow’.
Reporting from CNN was used in this post.