Here's What The End Of Net Neutrality Means For You And Your Pockets

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14:  Federal Communication Commission Commissioner Mignon Clyburn addresses protesters outside the Federal Communication Commission building to rally against the end of net neutrality rules December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lead by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the commission is expected to do away with Obama Administration rules that prevented internet service providers from creating differnt levels of service and blocking or promoting individual companies and organizations on their systems.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Here's What The End Of Net Neutrality Means For You And Your Pockets

And yes, "Netflix & Chill" is in jeopardy.

Published June 12th

As of yesterday (June 11), the Federal Communications Commission's December 2017 repeal of Net Neutrality rules went into effect. The action reversed the FCC’s 2015 decision, during the Obama administration and prevents broadband providers from slowing sites or demanding payments from them for fast delivery.

And while you won’t see the effects of the new rules overnight, eventually the end of net neutrality will mean the end of the internet as you know it. Some lawmakers are continuing the fight for net neutrality, but in the meantime here’s what to expect in case this thing sticks.

  1. High Speeds Will Cost You The Big Bucks

    The end of Net Neutrality means Internet providers are free to create slow and fast lanes and, you guessed it, charge for higher speeds.

  2. Startups Will Be Harder to, well, Start Up

    If smaller startups that rely heavily on the internet can’t afford to swing the higher prices, they might flatline.

  3. The End of 'Netflix And Chill' As We Know It

    Even already established companies like Netflix and Amazon may not be willing to pay extra, meaning either you’ll get slower streaming speeds or they’ll jack up your bill to accommodate the inflation.

  4. Cable-Style Internet Bundles

    You may have quit cable in favor of online streaming, but under the new rules the internet could be packaged similarly to cable, forcing you to choose between different tiered bundles depending on the sites you need.

Written by BET Staff

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