Au Revoir Net Neutrality

Gone are the days of net neutrality, the principle that all data are treat equally over the internet, as the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of the 2015 Obama’s rules for a free and open internet took effect on Monday, 11 June 2018.

The U.S. open internet rules expired on Monday, handing sweeping new powers to internet providers to block, throttle or offer paid “fast lanes” for web traffic, but a court battle remains ahead, Bloomberg reports

BURGER KING’S AD ON NET NEUTRALITY

Want access to Facebook and Twitter? Under a bundling system, getting on those sites could require paying for a premium social media package, The New York Times writes.

Hence,

major concern is that consumers could suffer from pay-to-play deals. Without rules prohibiting paid prioritization, a fast lane could be occupied by big internet and media companies, as well as affluent households, while everyone else would be left in the slow lane, The New York Times points out.

This is also something SMEs are worrying about as

industry giants could pay to get an edge and leave them on an unfair playing field.

THE RISK OF AN OLIGOPOLY. The main point, though, is that this repeals risks to transform the internet from a meritocracy into an oligopoly.

As Russ Whitman, Chief Strategy Officer at Ratio/Globant told The Drum:

Consider the proposition of a Comcast or Time Warner improving the throughput to homes for streaming media services that they own or partner with while throttling their competitors? Performance has a massive impact on streaming services, more so than most web pages. A reversal of Net Neutrality protections could become a massive tax on the OTT (over the top) publishers that are creating the next generation of cable services and building new and innovative direct-to-consumer experiences.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Find out more here.

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