Your Internet Company Can Now Charge You More For Netflix And Facebook

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

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"I don't like the idea that someone like Amazon could pay more money and have more access to my customers", Black said, "I think that I wouldn't get as much business and you know that translates into jobs and sales".

Any changes are likely to happen slowly, as companies assess how much consumers will tolerate.

The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of popular net neutrality rules - which had upheld the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally - took effect Monday, despite opposition from the U.S. Senate and many state lawmakers along with numerous court challenges.

What's more, internet advocates have always been concerned that if broadband providers are able to create so-called fast lanes to particular sites and services, they will in effect slow down traffic to all other locations on the internet. They don't want their broadband providers blocking websites or censoring content, and this agency gave broadband providers the legal right to do so.

In essence, the rules attempted to ensure a level playing field so that ISPs wouldn't favor their own services (in particular streaming video) over those by third parties by throttling and charging extra for certain traffic. Supporters of net neutrality have also said that without regulation, a greater socio-economic digital divide could develop, creating a class of information "haves" and "have nots".

The battle isn't entirely over, though.

Lori Miller, with activist group Indivisible Rapid City, believes dumping Net Neutrality was a mistake.

Those might sound the same, but in practice they're very, very different.

This change has raised fears that companies like Comcast would suddenly start slowing down services like Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, etc.

Although the FCC issued a report in January 2017 saying such arrangements, known as "zero rating", are probably anti-consumer, the agency did not require companies to change their practices right away. For now, at least, net neutrality is safe. just as long as you stay in Washington. Those on the political left (and about 83 percent of Americans) feel that net neutrality regulations were important for personal freedom and made for a more fair marketplace. This bill puts a stop to Obama-era regulatory activism regarding internet service providers (ISP), while at the same time providing narrow authority to the FCC to prohibit ISPs from blocking content to consumers. They can also set up "fast lanes" for preferred services - in turn, relegating everyone else to "slow lanes". He has spent more than eight years covering the ways that tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google navigate the corridors of government - and the regulations that sometimes result.

Martin said broadband providers probably won't mess with existing services like Netflix, as that could alienate consumers. It would also increase costs for consumers, as content providers were forced to pass along fees.