The future of the internet has been a popular topic in the news recently, and the discussion has centered around Net Neutrality. The original regulations were put in place during the Obama administration. However, in December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reversed Net Neutrality.
The previous regulations prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging more money for higher-quality service or specific content. Additionally, the federal government will no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility.
The reversal of these policies sparked a heated discussion about the future of the internet, and the potential effects on companies, new start-ups and regular users.
So what does this mean for you and your business?
It will take time for the repeal to go into effect, so businesses and consumers will not see any immediate changes. The FCC states the repeal will help consumers, promote market competition and give broadband providers more incentive to offer consumers a wider variety of services.
Critics of the repeal believe it will eventually be harder for consumers to access certain online content, and that start-ups will have to pay more in order to reach their customers. This could result in small businesses losing out on potential customers and income.
Additionally, since the reversal, more than 20 states are suing the FCC over its decision. This could mark the beginning of an intense legal battle over the future of the internet.
At this time, it’s unclear what may change for internet users, but what is clear is that InfoStructure intends to remain net neutral and allow all customers access to all content and applications regardless of the source.