How will the internet change if Net Neutrality is abolished?

How will the internet change if Net Neutrality is abolished?

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

30 May 2014

Last week, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) approved a plan to strike down Net Neutrality and consider a proposal of paid priority on the internet.

The web has been up in arms against this ever since the FCC’s Open Internet rules were struck down earlier this year, and yet the powers that be still seem to be steamrolling towards this highly controversial plan.

However, many people don’t exactly understand exactly how the loss of Net Neutrality will affect their online experience. Let us explain it for you.

Not all content will be (created) equal

Net Neutrality under the FCC’s Open Internet rules meant that all content on the internet was equal. Internet service providers had to treat all content in the same manner, which meant they were not allowed to prioritize one website or video over another; every piece of content had to be accessed as quickly and easily as any other. This frames the internet and how we use it today, and if Net Neutrality dies, the internet will be a very different place.

You’ll see paid content quicker

On a paid priority internet, ISPs will be able to prioritize the content of large companies that pay for the privilege. This means that paid content will be accessed more quickly and more easily than non-paid content. Disney, HBO and Facebook might have the budget to ensure that their content is readily available, but start ups and bloggers, as well as smaller companies, will find that their content is buried, and so innovation will be stifled.

You may have to pay for the internet the way you pay for cable 

It’s been suggested that a paid priority internet will make for a cable-like payment structure. On top of your “basic net” connection, you may have to pay an additional amount to access news, an additional amount to access sports, and yet more to access movies, books, social media and more.

You’ll pay more

Such a cost structure means that the expenses will trickle down to the consumer, and you will end up paying more for even the most basic net connection – all so Comcast, Verizon and Time Warner can make even more money.

The death of Net Neutrality will quite literally change the internet as we know it. Support Net Neutrality at savetheinternet.com.

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