This is What Net Neutrality Means for the Average Consumer

This is What Net Neutrality Means for the Average Consumer

We Say: For most of us, we’d just as soon let the FCC worry about the high-tech decisions so we don’t have to. Who wants to try to figure out bandwidth throttling, P2P, forged packets, Bit Torrent?…and the list goes on.

During the Obama Administration the FCC wrote regulations that said “everybody pays the same” for internet access, despite usage. Internet content providers can’t be charged more just because their content uses more bandwidth (think movies over the internet). Sounds fair, right?

Flip that perspective. If you are a minimal user — check your email, spend some time on Facebook, watch an occasional cat video — then your provider can’t discount your minimal usage. Your cost for internet usage is the same as the home that streams movies 24/7/365. Still sound fair?

There have been unintended and negative consequences to Net Neutrality rules, and the FCC is addressing the problem.

Republished from, Pat Gray Unleashed, November 22, 1017. Image credit: image not covered by license. Contributor: Donald Krebs.

Listen: This is what net neutrality means for the average consumer


Justin Barclay welcomed technology journalist Larry Magid from to shed some light on the issue of net neutrality and what its repeal could mean for the average American consumer.

Next month the Federal Communications Commision will hold a vote to repeal Obama-era internet service provider (ISP) regulations. This means ISPs will be able to provide internet fast lanes for content creators and consumers if they pay for it. The FCC says the current laws micromanage companies like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T and stifles innovation.

In a Declaratory Ruling Report, the FCC stated that “For decades, Commission policies encouraged broadband deployment and the development of the Internet. That ended two years ago. In 2015, the commission imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulation on Internet service providers (ISPs). Since then, broadband investment has fallen for two years in a row—the first time that that’s happened outside a recession in the Internet era. And new services have been delayed or scuttled by a regulatory environment that stifles innovation.”

However, opponents of the law claim startup websites and new entrepreneurs with less cash on hand will have a hard time affording faster internet speeds while companies like Netflix, who have a greater ability to “pay-for-play,” will essentially dominate.

Listen to the podcast to hear Magid summarize the FCC’s latest proposal and apply it to the lives of everyday consumers.

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