It’s official, y’all.
As of today, June 11, The Federal Communications Commission’s December 2017 repeal of net neutrality rules went into effect; meaning, what once required internet service providers (ISPs) to offer equal access to all web content — is no longer.
Additionally, per the New York Times, prior to the repeal, President Barack Obama‘s 2015 administration prohibited ISPs from charging more for certain content or giving them preferential treatment to certain websites, platforms like Facebook or Netflix for instance.
While the overall experience of consumers on the internet won’t differ overnight, companies will gradually roll out their changes; simply “because they know they’re being watched. But unless net neutrality is restored, the internet as we know it will wither and die, says deputy director at Fight for the Future, Evan Greer. But…there’s still time to make a change!
What does this all mean?
So, for example, per BuzzFeed:
“An internet service provider like Comcast could, say, strike a deal with Netflix so that the streaming service loads faster than any other, stamping out the competition. Small businesses hoping to start a local news site and build traffic might not bother, if an internet service provider decides to give established news outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post a ‘fast lane.'”
It’s still not too late!
Amid the repeal, protesters continue to march and file lawsuits to reinstate the old rules; like tech companies: Vimeo, Mozilla, Kickstarter, Foursquare and Etsy.
Also, you can vote this November! There’s a motion in Congress to stop the new FCC order via your state’s House members here.
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