FCC Moves to Kill Net Neutrality and Open Internet

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Net Neutrality

The FCC has sounded the bell for the end of the Internet as we all know it. The rules in place, known as net neutrality, ensure that everyone has access to the same content on the Internet.

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With the repeal of FCC regulations from Obama era, the government will effectively allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to change the landscape of the Internet.

End of Free and Open Internet

As things stand now, as long as you pay for an Internet connection, you are able to access all parts of the Internet. This is the basis of net neutrality. By the scrapping protections, ISPs will be able to charge customers more money for accessing different parts of the Internet. For example, if you buy a cheaper Internet package from your ISP, it may only include regular browsing access. You might have to pay more money for access to social media sites like Facebook or video streaming like Netflix (on top of your membership with them.)

The public’s quality of access to the Internet will now be based on how much people can pay. More expensive packages, or “tiers,” versus less expensive, limited ones.

Equal Access

In a statement from the FCC, Chairman Ajit Pai said that “under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet.”