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Tech Talk | Net Neutrality and the Future of the Internet

The Federal Communication Commission or FCC is looking to repeal Net Neutrality on December 14th, 2017. The implications of removing this legislation are vast and complex. The outcome of removing Net Neutrality could result in an internet experience that resembles cable television where you are nickel and dimed for every additional content provider you want access to. As it stands, the democratic way of internet life where you are free to go where you want, when you want using any internet provider you want is at serious risk of changing.

What makes the internet significant is that in one way or another, every person, not to mention every business, uses the internet to communicate. Allowing the internet service providers or ISP’s to moderate who has access to websites on their infrastructure and who does not, in addition to charging content creators based on consumed bandwidth, would change the internet that we all know and love in ways that we cannot foresee.

In this episode of Tech Talk, we discuss Net Neutrality and how we see the future of the internet in light of repealing the current legislation. We cover what Net Neutrality is, how limited access to a variety of internet providers is troubling and lastly, what, if any, legislation we feel would be appropriate and why.

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Net Neutrality and the Death of the Internet?

The future of the internet is being decided by the Federal Communication Commission and American legislators are under a great deal of pressure for the decision they are about to make. On December 14th, 2017 legislation will decide the future of Net Neutrality or fair use of the internet. To help cut through the noise we have laid out the debate in this short video to help you understand why this legislation is important and what you can do about it.

There are many questions to address such as, should the internet be free, who should pay for access, should large companies and special interest groups get preference over small business because they can afford it. No matter your stance on the issue, it is important to understand both sides of the argument.

Over the next several weeks there will be a lot of campaigning to try and sway the conversation. With the major internet service providers or ISP’s like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon on one side and major tech companies like Google, YouTube, Netflix and Facebook on the other, there is going to be a lot of confusion and mixed information. In the middle, you have the FCC and key players like Ajit Pai who’s opinions you will also be haring a lot of in the coming weeks.

Before you take a hard stance on either side, be sure that you take a moment to be informed about the conversation. These decisions affect us all and if you are going to make your voice heard, it is important to know what you stand for and why.