What does that mean for the average consumer in a world that is so dependent on the use of the Internet?
Here’s a look at the repeal of net neutrality and what it means to you.
What is net neutrality?
Net neutrality is a plan that regulates how Internet service providers deal with their customers.
The regulatory plan was passed in 2015. It labeled broadband service a public utility, thus giving the FCC authority to regulate it.
The regulations created in 2015 prevented Internet service providers from doing three things: curbing access to any lawful content; creating “fast lanes” for companies and individuals who would pay a premium price for faster connection speeds; or slowing down the transmission of any lawful content.
What does that mean for the average person’s use of the Internet?
Probably not much, at least right away. Proponents of the repeal say maybe not at all.
Those against the repeal of the rules say it could mean a great deal to Internet users in the future. They argue service providers could adopt a payment model similar to the one cable and satellite companies have been using. It would involve consumers choosing a bundle package for services, maybe paying one price for a basic social media package that includes Twitter and Facebook, and paying more for, say, a streaming video package.
In an op-ed published Monday, Pai said, “Transparency is also a critical part of our framework. In the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, the FCC strengthened its transparency rule so that internet service providers must make public more information about their network management practices. They are required to make this information available either on their own website or on the FCC's website. This information will allow consumers to make an informed decision about which internet service provider is best for them and give entrepreneurs the information they need as they develop new products and services. Our transparency rule will also help ensure that any problematic conduct by internet service providers is quickly identified and corrected.”