If you aren’t sure what Net Neutrality is… It is the idea that all Internet traffic is equal regardless of origin. What the US based ISP’s want to do is be able to charge companies more to carry their traffic. Something John Oliver has covered in the past where he urged people to contact the FCC when Obama was President of the United States. When that happened, the FCC website went down due to the influx of people hitting the site to leave a comment. Now Trump is President, he plans to have the FCC change the rules on Net Neutrality which could open the doors for ISP’s to charge companies to carry their data.
Of course, having companies pay to get faster delivery of their content is one thing but who will pay those bills? That’s right, us with our subscriptions to the services we use.
The ISP’s would have you believe that all traffic would be equally handled and nothing would be delivered slower but being companies, what they actually would do is increase profits any way they can.
Net Neutrality is especially important to gamers and heavy users of Internet services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube etc. Without it, ISP’s in the US could throttle services unless they paid a premium to get a faster service. As the US has an ISP monopoly, the companies that handle the Internet have very little reason not to implement this as their customers would have few or no other choices.
Luckily, the ISP’s don’t control the backbone connections in the country meaning what the US decides doesn’t necessarily mean worse experiences for those outside the country but it is still a slippery slope to go down by removing Net Neutrality protections.
To leave your comments for the FCC and do your part to keep the Internet free and fair, head over to gofccyourself.com.