On Thursday, December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality. The end of net neutrality allows internet providers to take control of web users’ experiences by blocking websites, slowing down connections, and charging for higher-quality services or content. Following the net neutrality repeal, Twitter users voiced their opinions and noted an undeniable truth: we all have reason to be deeply concerned.
The net neutrality rules were introduced in 2015 during the Obama administration. The FCC was then headed by Democrats who wanted to “regulate broadband service as a utility,” like our electricity and telephone services. Without net neutrality rules regulating internet providers, the worry is that using high-speed internet might come at a high cost. Broadband carriers will also be able to completely block their users from seeing specific content, which is intrusive and disturbing.
Backlash against the repeal is currently in full swing. Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey vowed to fight the FCC’s ruling in court and in Congress. He, alongside other lawmakers, also plans to introduce new legislation in an effort to overturn the decision. New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, also plans to file a multistate lawsuit against the FCC, according to The Washington Post.
The loss of net neutrality is a bad scenario, and many are upset about what could happen to the online sphere.
Despite the ruling, the Times reports that some major telecom companies like AT&T and Comcast told consumers their internet experience would not change. But other leading companies may not be able to promise the same.