- 2.(5 hours ago)Yesterday, the FCC, lead by Republican-commissioned Ajit Pai, voted to de-classify telecom companies from Title II status, giving extraordinary powers to cable and Internet providers and ending the core principles the Internet.
What is important to know: Your home Internet service provider (ISP) can change the way you access sites, stream content, and access free services. They say they won't do that, yet they fought against the FCC to gain this very power for a reason. Comcast, for example, recently rescinded a promise to never alter Internet accessibility with fast-lane tolls, and is already hinting that fast-lanes (tolls to use Internet services) will soon be a new source of revenue for them. Cost of doing business online could rise, stifling small companies and entrepreneurs. Cable companies, can now prioritize their own Internet sites and force others to pay tolls. States lose the right to pass laws protecting consumers and small businesses from monopoly-controlled price gauging and unfair competition practices. The (somewhat) good news: It will take at least 60 days for changes to take effect. Implementing such drastic changes to millions of customers takes time, plus there is a 60 day window where congress can override the action, and ISPs will not want to shake things up until then. Plus, some states & small business groups are planning lawsuits which could delay the implementation. No major country has ever shifted away from Net Neutrality policies, so this is uncharted territory. We look at past behavior by telecom corporations to predict what they will do with this extraordinary power.
Probably will happen quickly: We believe streaming video services will be effected first. Netflix, already in long fights with Verizon and Comcast, will see their service slowed or be forced to pay tolls. Customers will see reduced Netflix quality or higher prices. YouTube and user-submitted video sites are big targets for cable companies looking to tap into the ad revenue generated by user-submitted videos. Cable companies want to control content, as evidence by their recent acquisitions of NBC to Comcast and Yahoo, AOL, HuffPost and Flickr to Verizon. Expect to see cable companies invest in marketing campaigns with promises of reduced prices and "improved" service offers, promises many will see as hollow. Might start happening soon: Some site and protocol blocking may happen at some point. Depending on how much your provider dislikes certain sites, businesses, and Internet communication protocols will dictate what you cannot access. File sharing protocols, for example, are the biggest threat since they trade files from house-to-house instead of through a company that can charge a fee and pay the cable company tolls. Many small tech businesses, already worried about cable companies crippling their innovative ideas from reaching customers, may find it harder to thrive in the US in the early stages and could shift their products to other countries with lower costs to acquire customers. Unlikely to happen, but technically could happen under the new FCC telecom rules: Internet providers who want to push their own political interests could block customer access to opposing viewpoints. This has free speech advocates and constitution scholars worried since Internet providers can block homes from receiving any information that conflicts with their views. Whatever happens, changes will be slow to implement since 83% of Americans do not like the new FCC rules. Lots of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and large corporations oppose the idea of their telecom provider having so much unchecked power.
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