In three weeks’ time, the Federal Communications Commission will kill the Obama-era net neutrality rules. Consumer advocacy groups, watchdogs, tech companies, and concerned users have sounded the alarm that the situation is much worse than it seems.
On the one hand, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast and Verizon argue that killing net neutrality would enable them to be more innovative and offer their services at lower prices. Tech giants like Apple, Facebook, and Google, on the other hand, think that nixing net neutrality would give ISPs too much power.
Facebook and Google have already voiced their dissatisfaction with FTC’s decision. Investors and companies are urging the FTC to keep the rules in place as they won’t stand a chance when competing against the said ISPs.
Those companies firmly believe that with net neutrality out of the scene, ISPs “would be able to pick winners or losers in the market.” They’ll be able to tweak traffic to favor the websites they like or to destabilize competition.
Net Neutrality Advocates Urge Congress to Step In
ISPs could also come up with new fees and higher prices as there will be nothing stopping them from doing so.
Net neutrality advocates argue that killing the Obama-era framework would prevent new businesses from expanding or even starting in the U.S. as they will be more concerned about their ability to pay ISPs’ tolls than about improving their products and services.
Advocacy group Fight for the Future managed to gather 250,000 signatures on a petition urging Congress to step in. The group said they plan to take to the streets on December 7 to have their voice heard.
A Verizon spokesperson said the company is “confident” any new rules from the FTC would protect consumers since they will benefit from the extra investments and innovation.
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