But net neutrality proponents say a lack of net neutrality results in abuse by companies that provide internet service as evidenced by countries without it. Internet service providers (ISPs) are required to treat all data the same under net neutrality. Without it a company such as Comcast can prioritize how fast it streams its own TV shows over those from Netflix. ISPs can even restrict which websites customers see based on what they pay every month.
Removing net neutrality makes it possible for ISPs to charge websites to load for readers and subscribers.”
“They can tell Yelp, ‘You need to pay this a month,’ because of Yelp’s bandwidth use”, said Ryan Singel, a former Wired writer, now a fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. “It also lets ISPs create fast lanes and slow lanes. Speed matters (for startups). If you have to pay to keep up with Facebook, Google or whatever the incumbent competition is, startups can’t pay for that. But if you’re not fast, you can’t meet your customers’ needs.”
If Pai’s plans continue, then companies or customers able to pay more will get freer, faster, more inclusive internet service. This could further divide socioeconomic classes in America, with one class rich in money and information while the other remains poor in both. And knowledge is power.
Those advocating net neutrality remain unchanged by Pai and the FCC include human rights organizations, consumer advocates, and most of the public, about 77% of Americans.
Thx to everyone who has contacted me in regards to #NetNeutrality. Below is the letter I sent to Chairman @AjitPaiFCC today to ensure the continuation of a free and open #internet. pic.twitter.com/oKqh7lxaLI
— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) December 12, 2017
It appears Congressman Coffman recognized that those 77% of Americans are the people who can keep or remove him, and other Republicans, from office in 2018.