Net Neutrality and How It Affects You
As a consumer who is a blogger, digital influencer and content creator, the internet is how I build my brand. This makes net neutrality a very important issue for me. What net neutrality means to me is, no blocking and no paid prioritization. In essence internet providers are not able to block traffic, slowing down my sites, and they are not allowed to selectively speed up content in exchange for payments.
When Donald Trump appointed Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), I wondered how long it would take before he got the working on dismantling net neutrality. And, I guess it didn’t take too long - because net neutrality is already under attack. Pai has already started pulling to pieces what the Obama administration did to protect consumers, by reversing a number of pro-consumer initiatives including the agency's zero-rating and the FCC Lifetime program.
Yes, it is said "the Federal Communications Commission will not focus on denying Americans free data. But instead, focus on expanding broadband deployment”. But who are they fooling? This is just a game that plays into the hands of companies like AT&T, DirecTV and Verizon, while excluding the rest of the internet. What this “free data” really means is that you are not deciding on what internet services you can afford, but your ISP who decides. So services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Video, will for sure be more expensive than AT&T's DirecTV Now. In a nutshell, if you are a low-income consumer who receives federal subsidies you will be affected, as there are no more subsidized broadband providers. And, if your are an entrepreneur (like me) who operates in the digital sphere, then this is not good for the health of your business.