Federal regulators voted on Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules for internet traffic — a major victory for telecommunications
companies and another milestone for the Republican deregulation push under President Trump. The 3-2 party-line vote by the Federal Communications
Commission tears down the controversial utility-like oversight of internet service providers that was put in place by Democrats in 2015 to try to
ensure the uninhibited flow of data online.
I expressed my opinion to my representative and the FCC that net neutrality should not be struck down, although it looks like the FCC didn't care
about my opinion (due to their unwillingness to investigate millions of fraudulent comments supporting striking down net neutrality) and it also looks
like my representative cares about my opinion just because she is a Democrat - if I still lived in Idaho (a Republican state), I bet I would write my
representative and they would rebuke me with a form letter, that is what happened last time.
The bottom line is that the vote to strike down net neutrality today will likely cause vastly increased prices for consumers of the internet (nearly
everyone). For example, data caps will come in force and might not be high enough to account for a family's internet usage. I am a gamer and a Netflix
watcher. I use an Xbox One, and games can be 50 gigs or more each, plus DLC. Netflix uses around 3 GB per hour of data on streaming.
A 300 GB data cap would allow for 100 hours of television streaming per month, or about 25 hours a week (3.3 hours a day, if you go 300 / 30 / 3) -
but, that is without online gaming data, or data used to watch videos on Facebook or YouTube, or data used to download games, or data used to surf the
Now think about this - that is ONE USER. What about a family of 3? Well, sorry, you only get about an hour of streaming TV per day each.
When 4K televisions with 4K Netflix streaming arrive, as well as services that offer streaming games off of the cloud, it is a sure bet that people
using these services will have to pay extra to their ISPs, AS WELL AS EXTRA TO NETFLIX AND OTHER SERVICE PROVIDERS, WHO ARE PAYING AN ADDITIONAL FEE
TO THE ISPs.
Worse than that, some people might be priced out of being able to use the new technology, and even worse than that, some companies might be priced out
of being able to present the population with innovative technology. All of this to benefit shareholders of ISP stock.
I also use the internet to tutor in mathematics via video chat to make money, and this will likely result in me paying more to my ISP. How so? Well,
it will affect my data cap and in addition to this, the website I use might have to pay a "fee" to multiple ISPs in order to ensure that their video
chat services are not throttled. This could result in the website taking a higher cut of my hourly rate. Even worse, the website I use might not be
able to afford the cost of using a video chat service once ISPs can charge extra for it. This would essentially result in me losing my job.
How will this vote affect you? What are your thoughts?
edit on 14pmThu, 14 Dec 2017 12:26:34 -0600kbpmkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake because: (no