Net Neutrality decision could have negative impact

Jeannie Matthews
December 7, 2017

A Morning Consult/Politico poll conducted November 21-25 found that 52 percent of registered voters support the FCC's existing net neutrality rules.

These "Net Neutrality" rules prevent your internet provider from slowing down your connection to specific websites or services like streaming movies.

If you disagree with regulating the internet like a utility, try starting and thriving as a small, local business in late 2017 without fair internet access.

"If the FCC votes to gut these protections it will explicitly allow Internet providers to charge extra fees that amount to a tax on the entire creative economy".

"We believe [the proposal] will result in material negative consequences for residents and businesses nation-wide, including: abusive gatekeeper behavior by dominant broadband providers, many of whom already have a de facto monopoly on Internet access in specific regions, paid prioritization schemes, whereby ISPs charge more to access certain sites or apps and blocking or throttling (which is the intentional slowing down of) specific content, resulting in a less competitive and diverse marketplace", said Madigan.

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This is not the first time issues related to net neutrality have arisen.

The fact is, we don't know what happens when the fox is allowed to guard the henhouse, but we have a pretty good idea.

Ah yes, the porn vs. medicine analogy.

Shankland says tossing out net neutrality is all about the almighty dollar, and maintains that's the driving force behind the FCC's upcoming decision. It is clear that Americans overwhelming support net neutrality. Instead, Congress continues to turn a blind eye as their appointee dismantles equal access to the internet. In addition, another study by the consumer advocacy group Free Press found that broadband investment had actually increased since 2015. Let's go back to where we started, with one change: Would you like to pay more for your internet in order to increase the profit margin for broadband providers?

According to James, it's hard to see how consumers are benefitted in any way by the repeal of net neutrality.

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