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How the end of net neutrality could change the internet

How the end of net neutrality could change the internet


It’s hard to overestimate just how much
broadband changed the internet. Back when you had to connect to the internet using
dial-up, information traveled slowly. Pages took forever to load and watching
this video would have been impossible. Today’s internet is a completely
different creature, which is why it’s so puzzling that the last time Congress
passed a major legislation for regulating the internet, it was 1996. And
so the task of regulating the Internet has fallen to five unelected bureaucrats:
the Federal Communications Commission. As the tools we use to access the Internet
have changed, they’ve had to decide what kinds of rules the companies that
provide those tools should have to follow. And now under a new commissioner
appointed by President Trump the FCC has altered those rules in a way that could
fundamentally change how we use the Internet. Take a deep breath. This decision will not break the Internet. This decision
puts the Federal Communications Commission on the wrong side of history.
It creates a free-for-all, that we have not had on the Internet in the past and
that’s very very dangerous. It’s gonna be f****d. What we’re seeing here is the cable-ization of the Internet. This is a dark day for innovation, this is a dark day
for small business, it is a dark day for consumers. First, let’s define what most
people mean when they talk about Net Neutrality. A good working consensus
model that most would agree with is the idea that Internet Service Providers
should treat all traffic more or less the same on their network. This means the
companies whose wires and towers we use to access the Internet,
can’t block or slow down data from certain sites or apps. They can’t make
special deals to move certain data along faster than everybody else’s. Internet
content providers like Facebook, Google, and Netflix – they love Net Neutrality
because it means that even if some of their products, like streaming this video
for example, take up a lot more bandwidth than others like email, Internet Service
Providers can’t charge them extra for getting all that data to our phones and
computers. Which is exactly why ISPs like Comcast Verizon and AT&T hate it.
If they could charge Netflix and YouTube extra for those big packets of data, they
could make a lot of money and now that the FCC has scrapped the net neutrality
rules they almost certainly will. ISPs will also be able to charge customers
more to access sites or apps that take up more bandwidth. And some argue this
will mean more choices for consumers. My sense is this will be fantastic,
right because my daughter chews through my Verizon data cap every month and all
she ever does is Instagram. So if I could pay like 20 bucks and get her a phone
that I can text with her and talk with her, but would allow her to use Instagram
and get her off my standard data plan that would be great. But by privileging
established tools like Instagram, these plans could make it a lot harder for new
ones to break through. It’s a time when more than ever we want to encourage and
keep open a playing field for new services, new platforms, to be able to get
in the game and provide a real alternative.
I mean imagine a world in which we were all still stuck with MySpace. I don’t
think, you know, that’s what we want, but Net Neutrality is part of why that’s not
what we have. Until 2005 Internet Service Providers were classified as common
carriers which meant the FCC could regulate them like phone companies. In
the Internet’s early days these regulations kept phone companies from
charging customers extra for using dial-up services like AOL and when phone
companies started offering DSL broadband service over their lines, common carrier
rules force them to let their competitors use those lines too. Which
meant consumers had tons of choices when it came to picking an Internet Service
Provider. A 2003 page from the Washington Post
lists 18 different DSL options for the Washington, D.C. region. Today,
residents have less than half as many choices. So what happened? In 2005 the FCC
did the same thing it did in 2017. It said ISPs weren’t common carriers and it
stopped regulating them like phone companies and without that regulation
ISPs became virtual monopolies. Today, two-thirds of Americans live in areas
with just one choice for high-speed Internet.
And if their ISPs start blocking, slowing down, or charging more as a
result of this rule change, their options are to put up with it or go without the
Internet. Despite the fact that majorities of both Republican and
Democratic voters support Net Neutrality, it doesn’t look like Congress or the FCC
will be bringing it back anytime soon.

100 comments on “How the end of net neutrality could change the internet

  1. The FCC voted in a 3-2 party-line vote to end net neutrality. Here's what you need to know about the decision and what happens next: http://bit.ly/2j48UfT

  2. Sadly, Americans even through they disagree with the repeal they will try to pay anyway. They won't realize till it's too late that even with paying it's a bad idea. The why we are letting this and many other bad things to happen is the people in us treat their politics second to everything else.

  3. Something doesn't add up here.. Toy with the internet and the 2nd amendment? Does that tell anyone anything? Is the government trying to trap us? 🤔

  4. We don’t have a choice in our own country… nothing matters but sex and money …. I don’t want to live here anymore.

  5. I was just feeling happy about North Korean summit, and this makes it suck again! #savenetnutrality by electing better presidents USA.

  6. Can't there be a new carrier or internet service provider who LOVES Net Neutrality? I'd switch to them in a heartbeat.

  7. 2k dislikes !? , good god people , just because it has the words '' Net neutrality '' in the tittle dosent mean your going to see ajit pia's face again 😛

  8. so is net neutrality like where you pay for internet because if so i think most people do anyways well i do $50 a month for google fiber

  9. Strike and don't pay. Don't use the internet. They will realise money isn't coming in and will change back.

  10. America needs to come together and give Aijit Pai cancer. I want him to die a slow miserable death without insurance.

  11. When we had dial up and had a choice of internet providers. The problem with Net Neutrality is that it never achieves what we had during the dial up days. Why? Because it could never distinguish Layer 1&2 technologies from Layer 3. The phone line was a Layer 1&2 technology. This is why it was classified as a utility. The ISP like AOL, Prodigy and Earthlink were Layer 3 technologies. They were NEVER classified under Title II. The public ignorance of this has to do with broadband providers blurring the lines between Layer 1&2 and Layer 3. They want you to think you cannot have the ISP without their specific cable. Truth is though you CAN have FIOS on a Comcast DOCSIS infrastructure. But when you classify ISPs as utilities what you are doing is playing along with the ISPs notion that Layer 1, 2 and 3 are all the same thing and you cannot separate them. Classifying ISPs under Title II does absolutely nothing and it reinforces ISPs to take advantage of customers. What SHOULD have been classified Title II were the Layer 1&2 technologies NOT the Layer 3. In other words Net Neutrality should have have clear delineation between the differences of Layer 1&2 technology and Layer 3. DOCSIS and Fiber should have been classified Title II NOT the service itself.

  12. Vox… The most unbiased name in news! lol! Nevermind! Listen to them and you will see they hate every republican idea!

    Not fake news but definitely not both sides of the story.

  13. Net Neutrality already ended several months back. Nothing's changed. You guy, especially Vox, are paranoid over nothing. Congratulations.

  14. With my cellphone I’m always worried about having enough data and when I get low they slow down the data available. Imagine having to worry about the internet at home in a similar way. One site is great and another gets bogged down and becomes unusable. Just like power companies don’t tell us what products we can use in our homes, the web should be the same. If I go to Joe Schmoes site I should be able to view his content the same speed as any other user or creator. Why the hell would they want to go down this road? If got hundreds of channels I can’t view because I don’t pay for them. NN is very similar. Remember when some cable systems stopped showing ABC because they wouldn’t pay more to them? Same thing. I pay far more for cable than I do the internet. Yet I watch similar things. Mark my words, cable providers know more and more people are getting rid of cable. They also know they have no authority over content. They want to change that so they can charge me 240 a month for intent like I do for cable.

  15. Net neutrality have been repealed since June. Please tell my what the heel has happened? I thought it would be the end of the internet? It thought when I'd go on the internet I would receive a pop up stating that I have to pay more for my internet?

  16. When people where freaking out about net neutrality, but it didn't really do anything, but article 13 comes along and could actually cause damage…. oof

  17. The end of Net Neutrality would make everything with anything based in the US more expensive.
    Which is hard to avoid because of advertising, communication, and brands owned by bigger brands.

  18. Hmm a year later and what's this? Nothing has changed? But wait I can still go to all my websites and it doesn't cost anything extra. Why it's almost as if f capitalism is sorting itself out, what a novel idea oh but who could have seen this coming. Oh wait anyone not buying the hype.

  19. Welp. It's been a year and I haven't been charged extra for Facebook, YouTube, or any other internet site that was free at the time this ridiculous, fearmongering video was made a year ago. Internet has gotten better and faster since then.

  20. Guess what, it didn't change anything. And people were calling for Ajit pai's execution/assassination.

  21. The backers of #NetNeutrality are the same companies that are now censoring and deplatforming many users for no good reason.

    Why would they back this legislation?

    The major proponents: Google, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.

    There is NOTHING neutral about NetNeutrality!
    #NoNetNeutrality

  22. If Apple, Google, and Facebook are all for it, something must be wrong with it. I'm glad it got repealed

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