On companies like Netflix may be able to pay

On
December 14, 2017 the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Net
Neutrality regulations. This decision was not instant and not taken lightly and
the decision is not strictly beneficial or terrible for all. There are some
pros and cons. The first positive effect of this decision is Internet providers
can be more creative with their business models (Totiyapungprasert 2017). Without
government restrictions on data caps, Internet providers are able to help start
up companies by not charging them for the surplus of data. Providers will also
be compensated by websites that allow people to use their network to stream and
download for free. Websites already control what we can and can’t see by their algorithms
they have put in place and there have already been incidents where Facebook was
accused of blocking certain content (Bovard 2017). While companies benefit from
this decision, individuals may benefit as well. With the repeal, high data
users will have to pay more than low data users. While high data users may be
distraught, low data users won’t have to pay significantly more for data they’re
not even using.

            However, companies and individuals will notice the
negatives of Net Neutrality as well. Without Net Neutrality, companies like
Netflix may be able to pay for faster streaming speed, giving no room for
competition with other smaller companies (Giles 2017). Without government regulations,
providers can decide who pays how much for Internet and service speed. Certain
website speeds may be significantly slower than others because smaller companies
cannot afford a faster website speed. Big companies may also suffer because prices
for services such as Netflix or Spotify might have to increase their prices
significantly to afford faster service. Consumers may also be restricted in the
information they have access to based on companies being able to afford faster
service. Net Neutrality weakens the provider’s powers

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            My opinion is that Net Neutrality should have stayed in effect.
The repeal gives providers too much power over the content consumers are able
to access. Most of the positives of the repeal benefited providers, not the
consumers. Comcast promised it’s consumers that it would not slow down access
to certain websites but Comcast has already been lobbying against Net
Neutrality for years (Mills 2017). “Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and the National
Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) have spent $572 million”
since 2008 to influence the FCC and other agencies away from Net Neutrality
(Bass 2017). Providers want to lure people into false hope that our information
will not be restricted. But how can we trust a company that was paying to
repeal the very thing most consumers were fighting for?