June 11 was a significant day in internet history. Since the fight over the internet started in the early 2000’s, the repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality finally went in full swing. Internet providers and larger, popular internet companies are able to block or provide faster access to content and slow down their content to specific online services.
Think of how AT&T has a partnership with DirectTV. Those who have DirectTV could have a higher speed when it comes to streaming films and shows instead of those who don’t. Those with T-Mobile, which has a partnership with Netflix, will have higher speeds than those who don’t.
The problem goes deeper than a streamer wanting to binge watch the newest episode of “Westworld” or re-watch “The Office.” People who search the internet and spend part of their day streaming shows and movies one day in the future might see charges from different service providers for speedier services.
In the bigger picture, this means that larger internet companies, like Facebook and Netflix, hold a higher power that could eventually result in higher costs to consumers. The rise in cost will reflect on Netflix working with another service provider to make sure their content streams faster, than, say, Hulu.
The internet age has reached a level of competition higher than “Wreck It Ralph” could ever endure. Again, companies hold the power with their consumers based on the fast-speed servers that bring enjoyment to people. This isn’t dial-up internet service anymore, waiting for AOL to open up, hearing all those beeping noises and waiting for assorted webs services to load.
We have come far with different creative outlets and websites; the internet has exploded with content and services. With the repeal of net neutrality, consumers will likely see changes based on the speed of the website that they choose. This could take months before consumers see changes.
So what happens next? Illinois is among a group of states with Democrat attorney generals that has filed a joint lawsuit to preserve net neutrality. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission in February.
“I will continue to fight to protect net neutrality from the FCC’s ill-advised attempt to put corporations ahead of the American public’s right to access free information,” Madigan said at the time the suit was filed. “We won’t allow this administration to control what Americans view and access online.”
With that being said, what can you, as an internet consumer do? You can either wait and enjoy the internet before anything substantial happens, wait and see what occurs in the court system or contact your local government officials.