Once again there seems to be plans to dismantle Net neutrality, essentially handing over control of the web to the likes of Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and other big names in communications. Nothing to worry about really, unless you happen to own a tech startup, plan on deploying an Internet-based startup, work for one or depend on high speed Internet for your livelihood! So, what does it all mean?
Without net neutrality, internet providers will have the freedom to carve up the internet into slow and fast lanes—and charge companies for access to higher speeds. For smaller startups that can’t afford to pay extra, this could be a death sentence.
Comcast and Verizon also have media properties of their own (Comcast owns NBC while Verizon owns Yahoo and AOL, to name a few). Without net neutrality, service providers could easily prioritize their own content over competitors.
Big Comms could also even block access to other sites that are critical of them or pose a competitive threat
If a company like Netflix does agree to pay extra fees, it’s likely those prices will passed on to you, the consumer.
The end of net neutrality could even raise the price of video games, especially for those played online.
Killing net neutrality could bring cable-style internet bundling to the internet, forcing you to choose between different tiered bundles depending on the sites you need.
In short, this really sucks and as a consumer, business owner, or tech worker you should be concerned… very concerned!