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Net Neutrality

If you haven’t been following the news regarding net neutrality, you probably should get up to date on the topic. Today the FCC repealed net neutrality rules, not just the Obama instated ones, the ones that go allllll the way back to the dial up days. If you haven’t gotten up to date on the topics let me clue you in a bit about what it is and what is expected to happen.

Net neutrality pretty much meant that internet service providers could not charge you extravagant amounts of money for certain things while the same minute slowing your speeds or minimizing the type of content that was available to you through their service. Well now that net neutrality has been repealed the ongoing debate and hot topic is that internet service providers will be jacking up their prices, slowing down their services, minimizing the availability of programs or content on the world wide web. What does that mean? That means if you have Verizon as a service provider and I have Spectrum as a service provider our internet search for “Best Chicken Recipes” will bring up different results. You may not even see the chicken recipes that I do. In addition to that, there is speculation that we may be charged extra for certain “extras” like SnapChat, Facebook, Pintrest, etc. You get the point.

USA Today states: ”

The repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules Thursday wipes from the books regulations that prevented Internet service providers from blocking or slowing some websites, and charging more for others to run faster.

The new regulations, passed by the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission’s 3-2 vote, instead require companies like Verizon and Comcast to disclose if they block sites or give priority to their own content more than others — say by allowing Comcast unit NBCUniversal’s sites to run at a faster clip than Time Warner’s CNN.com.

The onus shifts to the public to flag any signs these Internet gatekeepers are playing favorites including with their own properties — and report them to the Federal Trade Commission if it looks like the provider is trying to suppress a competitor. The big Internet and cable providers, who lobbied hard for repeal, say they won’t stop or slow any legal content.

But the change does open the door for ISPs to charge more to some big broadband users, say Netflix or YouTube, which could pass those increased costs to their subscribers.

In theory, ISPs could charge subscribers more, too. Forrester Research analyst Susan Bidel points to other countries like Portugal and England where Internet providers offer monthly services with extra fees for social, messaging and video viewing. Companies like AT&T and Verizon “could charge extra here,” says Bidel. “

You can read more on that article here.

What are your thoughts on net neutrality? Did you know what it was about before you read it here? How do you think this will influence our current and future lives? I am interested to hear my readers views.

 

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