What Will Our Internet Experience Look Like with Repealed Net Neutrality Rules?
There is a battle going on that the general public has no knowledge of or just not that interested in, but it will impact everyone. I am talking about the Net Neutrality repeal and vote taking place to loosen the regulations put in place by the Obama administration. Net Neutrality rules were implemented in 2015 and the new regime intends on doing away with them, giving the power to the likes of AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, etc. Net Neutrality was intended to provide a free and open internet for all.
If the new rules get passed there will be some changes likely taking place and there have already been changes by Companies like Comcast. Here are a few examples of what we could be looking at.
Comcast: On April 26th of this year, the chairman of the FCC said he planned to repeal the Net Neutrality rules and the very next day, Comcast wording on its website about Net Neutrality changed. Prior to April 26th, this is what they said on their website about Net Neutrality.
Comcast Is Committed To An Open Internet
- Comcast won’t block access to lawful content.
- Comcast won’t throttle back the speed at which content comes to you.
- Comcast doesn’t prioritize Internet traffic or create paid fast lanes.
- Comcast Internet Essentials will make the Internet more accessible to low income families.
- Comcast will inspire innovation, promote learning, create access to jobs.
This is what is said the next day (April 27th, 2017) after the FCC said they would repeal the Net Neutrality ruling:
- We do not block, slow down, or discriminate against lawful content.
- We believe in full transparency in our customer policies.
- We are sustainable and legally enforceable net neutrality protections for our customers.
The new wording doesn’t address paid prioritization, blocking or throttling, which are the three main Net Neutrality rules.
Portugal: If you look at Portuguese mobile telecommunications company MEO, you will see what can be the future of internet here in the U.S. MEO’s model is they have you pay for a basic service and they have other packages that you pay extra for if you want to access sites such as Facebook, Facetime, Netflix, Amazon, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and so on. These are site that you can access today without paying for extra packages just to get access to these sites. The carrier will most likely have those businesses pay extra to get the content to you as well, so think double dipping.
Wilson North Carolina:
The city of Wilson North Carolina built out their own internet network in their city to provide fast affordable internet. They initially tried to partner with one of the ISP’s (Internet Service Provider), but were turned down. The city wanted faster more affordable internet speeds, but Time Warner and Embarq would not work with them because they were unwilling to cut into their profits.
When the city built out their own network and were able to offer speeds up to a gigabit vs 15Mbps and for less money, Time Warner and Embarq went to the courts and spent enough money to make it illegal for any other cities in North Carolina to start their own ISP for their cities. The internet companies don’t want Net Neutrality to be repealed to help the end users, but to put more money into their pockets.