For those not familiar with Net-Neutrality, the law prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from dictating the types of content customers can access on the internet. With Net Neutrality, ISPs must treat all traffic sources the same. Net Neutrality creates an even playing field among content providers — both large and small — to the web. And it's great for consumers because they can access everything they want online for no extra charge. So for example, ISPs cannot currently charge Netflix extra for better movie streaming bandwidth. Right now, consumers control what they see online — not ISPs — and that's thanks to Net Neutrality. Read here for more on understanding Net Neutrality.
Without Net Neutrality, which that Trump adminstration is pushing the FCC to undo, an ISP could chose to block or slow speeds to/from certain websites, or give preferable treatment to content that it owned or had partnerships with. Ajit Pai, who was nominated to head the FCC by Trump in January, has said undoing the net neutrality rules was one of his top priorities, arguing that the regulation stifled innovation and was an example of government overreach.
What does this mean to you? If you are a business owner, it could likely affect both your website and email, directly. For example: if the company hosting your website and/or email has a dispute with your ISP, the ISP could elect to stop allowing internet traffic from the hosting company and thus your website + email! This would result in your company presence literally falling off the face of the map. No one would see or find your website. All emails sent to you would be returned as deliverable; they would not store up and flood in when/if service was returned. If there is an appeal between the ISP and hosting company with the Government, the ISP and hosting company may not temporarily activate your website and email during the appeal waiting period which could take years.
What can you do about it? The plan to roll back Net Neutrality is scheduled to be approved by the Republican-led FCC as early as its Dec. 14 meeting. This means you have 3 weeks to contact your congressman, senator and sign every petition you can get your hands on.
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