Only two days ago, the internet in the US epitomized freedom and equality in every imaginable way, beating out even the most developed nations. In terms of the ever important abilities, net neutrality to provide a space that not only incentives economic success, but provides a platform allowing political discourse to be shared among the most different of peoples.
This all changed as the FCC passed a resolution to dismantle net neutrality, on Dec. 14. While this term was virtually unheard of only months ago, it is undeniable that this idea is what made the internet what it was, something that was accessible indiscriminately regardless of fiscal income.
The policy of net neutrality is one that prevents Internet Service Providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast from charging their customers for them to access the internet, as well as prohibiting them to make said customers pay extra for faster internet.
This meant that all users of the internet were able to use one 'lane' of internet traffic, where this traffic was free from regulation and intervention from the hands of these large ISPs.
With Net Neutrality now being a thing of the past, these large companies are likely to begin implementing changes that will do nothing to help anyone but themselves. The aforementioned 'lane' of internet traffic is likely to be split into two, with high paying customers going on a faster lane and lower paying customers stuck on the slow one.
What this means is that if someone of low income wants access to the internet, they'll be forced to use a slower and more rugged internet than the one they were once familiar with, which is not only a major inconvenience to the user, but it is also something that hurts small businesses that would only be able to thrive with the policies we had enacted only a couple of days ago.
The reason these small companies would fail is because, being small startups, they'd likely not have enough money to remain on the 'fast lane' of the internet. In a world where time is money and money is a priority, it is unlikely many users would wait longer to use these sites, and, subsequently, these companies would fail.
Saying goodbye to net neutrality is also saying goodbye to Netflix and any other competitors to the three large corporations that dominate the ISP market.
While AT&T is an internet service provider, it also works with cable. However, with the internet achieving the great success that it has in the recent decades, many people have turned their backs on cable to alternatives such as Netflix and Hulu.
With AT&T having the ability to throttle--or slow down--the speed at which these sites operate, it's likely they will enact such harsh policies so as to drive more people back into the hands of cable and their 'service.'
In summation, Net Neutrality is everything but a bad thing, and the American people know this. A poll conducted by the University of Maryland demonstrates that an astounding 83% of voters favor net neutrality, meaning that this is a completely bipartisan issue.
However, the FCC, along with congress, seems to care less. America's loss of net neutrality further demonstrates the separatism between American people and their government, and the astounding allocation of power from the ballots of the american people into the hands of greedy billionaire CEOs.