The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the net neutrality rules has made many people apprehensive about how it will change Internet access and content. Here are two schools of thought on how it might affect businesses.
On December 14, 2017, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the net neutrality rules it had put in place in 2015. The repeal has made many businesses, consumers, and even politicians apprehensive about how it will change Internet access and content.
To understand the possible effects that the repeal will have, you first need to know what net neutrality is referring to. Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) must treat all data equally. This means that ISPs cannot:
It is too early to tell how the repeal of the net neutrality rules will affect Internet access and content. Here is a look at what both proponents and opponents think will happen.
People who support the repeal believe that it will:
People who oppose the repeal believe that it will:
Only Time Will Tell — But Maybe Not
It will take some time before we really know how the repeal is affecting Internet access and content — but there’s a chance we may never find out. Opponents are already taking action to try to reverse the decision. For example, the attorneys general of more than 20 states, several consumer groups, and even Mozilla have filed lawsuits to block the FCC’s repeal. Plus, some states are taking action at the local level. For instance, the governor of Montana has signed an order that says telecommunications companies cannot receive state contracts if they interfere with Internet traffic or favor higher-paying websites or apps.
There is one thing for certain, though. You will be hearing a lot more about net neutrality in the months to come.