Net Neutrality Repealed, Now What?
If you missed last week’s live stream of the FCC voting on Net Neutrality, you might not be aware of what’s to come! If you did watch the live stream, you know that it was repealed 3-2 in a vote with the FCC. Based on the stances of the members voting, this came as no surprise, but for many bloggers, small shop owners, and businesses that rely on the internet, fear enthralled them.
If you need a refresher on the value of Net Neutrality, you can check out our previous blog post (linked) and read all about it before continuing with this post.
Many people are wondering what they can do to help ensure this doesn’t pass through Congress, as that’s the last step. There is still so much to be done if you are for retaining Net Neutrality. Call, email, tweet, and use ANY other social media platform or source of communication to make sure Congress knows that you are AGAINST repealing a neutral internet playing field.
What exactly will this entail if it passes through Congress? Not only will you be a consumer of slower internet speed unless you pay for “premium” speeds, but you will also be charged for certain sites and programs. Companies like Comcast have already removed promises from their Net Neutrality page. The image below was tweeted, which showcases the changes implemented. And this is just the beginning!
Although this hasn’t been brought up to Congress, you may start seeing changes within your providers, as they start trying to manipulate this decision into having you pay more for services. Be wary of these extra fees and bring it up to their attention if this comes into play. Some companies like the Press Freedom and Civil Liberties Groups are already preparing for a lawsuit in regards to this implementation.
The most fortunate news to follow the FCC’s decision is that the Attorney Generals of CA and NY, and the newly added Attorney General Maura Healey of MA, are planning to file a lawsuit against the FCC. “With today’s FCC vote, Americans will pay more for the internet and will have fewer options,” said Healey in a statement. “The agency has completely failed to justify this decision and we will be suing to stand up for the free exchange of ideas and to keep the American people in control of internet access.”
While this is a waiting game at the moment, if you are team Net Neutrality like we are, make sure you are doing all you can to protect the laws that were put in place. If you are against it, and agree with the FCC, your job is done at the moment.
What are your thoughts on this?