Recently, the FCC has given notice that it will do away with Net Neutrality in an upcoming vote. Most people in the country are not very tech literate, so the fact of this vote is floating under the radar. Those people who are knowledgeable about such things see this as an alarming occurrence.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has stated that he plans to get rid of the protections that net neutrality provide. He has intimated that doing so would allow the free market to govern the growth and prosperity of the internet and that this move by the FCC is a good thing. In actuality, this move could prove to be disastrous to general public.
Net Neutrality affords the general public a number of protections. The basic tenet of net neutrality is that ISP’s should treat all internet traffic equally. This means that they should not throttle or block specific on purpose or allow companies to pay for special treatment and faster speeds.
This could be very detrimental to consumers companies transfer their increased cost to use the internet to their customers. Services such as Spotify, Netflix, Pandora, and others could see a sharp increase in price for end users without the protections that net neutrality provide.
As of now, the votes are there to end net neutrality. The measure would pass 3-2. The is hope, however, to block this potential calamity. The court has stated in matters, such as these, that agencies must provide satisfactory reasoning behind the decisions that they make. In the case of net neutrality, Pai’s reasoning is far from satisfactory. That fact, coupled with the public’s overwhelming support of net neutrality, will more than likely find that the Court would oppose the elimination of net neutrality on legal grounds. The possibility of losing net neutrality may be disturbing, but it is far from a certainty.