Last week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Net Neutrality. 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 in the coming weeks, months or even a year from now, 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, so all hope isn’t lost just yet, but here’s what to prepare for in case this thing sticks.
The end of Net Neutrality means Internet providers are free to create slow and fast lanes and, you guessed it, charge for higher speeds.
If smaller startups that rely heavily on the internet can’t afford to swing the higher prices, they might flatline.
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.
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.
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