Obviously consumers will be hugely disadvantaged by net neutrality going away. But for many small businesses it could mean massive restructuring, big cost increases and potentially shutting down altogether.
Big companies will have enough volume and money to negotiate deals that keep them functional and profitable. But without net neutrality that is not guaranteed for small businesses that rely on the web.
So please, go here and do your part. There’s nothing better for a true entrepreneur than a free and open marketplace. Let’s do it!
So if you haven’t already, there’s a bot you can text, that helps you write an email or a fax, free of charge, to your senator, or governor. Text „resist“ to „504-09“ and it’ll ask you some questions, then you’re onto writing. From another thread a few weeks ago, someone posted this message, and it think it’s a great one to send.
„Net Neutrality is the cornerstone of innovation, free speech and democracy on the Internet.
Control over the Internet should remain in the hands of the people who use it every day. The ability to share information without impediment is critical to the progression of technology, science, small business, and culture.
Please stand with the public by protecting Net Neutrality once and for all.“
I’d love to credit the user, but have lost the comment, but please, go send some faxes, show your politicians you want net neutrality to stay.
This is an easy way to directly get in touch with those who will be casting the votes. Here’s a message that will drive the point across. Feel free to edit or to send a completely different one:
„Net Neutrality is the cornerstone of innovation, free speech and democracy on the Internet. Control over the Internet should remain in the hands of the people who use it every day. The ability to share information without impediment is critical to the progression of technology, science, small business, and culture. Please stand with the public by protecting Net Neutrality once and for all.“
The idea is the ISP’s could significantly lower standard internet speeds, and offer increased „fast lanes“ (just the same internet you have today, re-branded) for specific sites in different packages – similar to how TV works today.
$9.99 for Social Media (Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) $5.99 for Sports (ESPN, Fox Sports, etc) $7.99 for News (CNN, Fox, NYT)
As the internet stands today, if your startup makes a website it will be as accessible as any other site on the web. But once these sort of packages come into play (when Net Neutrality ends), your site is going to be significantly slower, leading to consumers sticking to sites they know work well.
It’s effectively the beginning of the monopolization of the internet.
So you do a Google search and you can’t visit any of the websites in the results because they’re not in your package? That would KILL Google, which would mean the end of YouTube too. So why wouldn’t Google just come out with their own ISP to save their business? Which would then kill every other ISP.
So that’s how that scenario of packaged internet would pan out.
Please forgive me because I am very new to the subject and I may be wrong here on a few things because this is not my specialty but I know that the big 3 ISP’s (AT&T, Verizon and Comcast) are against Net neutrality and they own a lot of the infrastructure and leased lines but with so many people FOR net neutrality to me it seems like there would almost be a very big opportunity for some small ISP’s (possibly in each state or city) along with the major streaming providers like Netflix to spin off some type of alternative service preserving net neutrality that would also make a large majority of the consumers happy and gain them a lot of new customers. I know everyone is pretty much fed up with the big 3 and all of the issue’s they have caused. Or there would almost be a way for this to back fire on the big 3 that would force them to be competitive again. Almost like if AT&T broke away from the alliance a little bit because they saw an opportunity to gain more customers by offering unlimited data again it would force Verizon to start offering unlimited data.
It will be interesting to see how the big tech companies react to this. A lot of them already pay big providers to in one way or another to up their speed but I think this will also create a really good opportunity for someone to come in and offer a great service, even if it is at slightly higher prices for consumers. Everyone is sick of being fucked around by telecoms/ISPs and I have a feeling they are willing to pay a premium for good customer service to a company that isn’t out to gouge them for every last dollar.
Google been trying to expand google fiber for years. The same people trying to kill net neutrality have created regulation that makes it nearly impossible to recreate he infrastructure; you can’t just dig cable tunnels throughout the city. Pretty much a joke that killing net neutrality would spark competition and innovation.