On Thursday, December 14, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to repeal Obama-era net neutrality laws. Many tech companies, such as Google and Twitter, have denounced the government's choice the end the protections, which ensures all data is treated equally by internet service providers, regardless of the source. With the regulations repealed, ISPs can charge more for faster download speeds from certain sites, or filter content they don't like.
We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.— Netflix US (@netflix) December 14, 2017
Thank you so much for being in opposition to the FCC! We can’t let cable companies put limits and constraints on freedom of information and most importantly, education— Brandon Pappas (@Brandon_Pappas) December 14, 2017
Wonderful! Netflix US! What happened yesterday by repealing net neutrality of the internet is that they violated the Sherman ant-trust act of 1914 that help protect consumers and prevent monopolies! Something as big as Net Neutrality, it should be done through the voting ballot!— Ruben Vega (@rubenvega1941) December 15, 2017
Though the repeal will hardly affect big companies like Netflix, since they can easily pay the higher prices for fast download speeds, start-ups without much money will now have a very real challenge to overcome.
my son this morning asked me why i was not railing against #NetNeutrality on #Twitter. i explained i truly did not have enough knowledge and i try TO NEVER SPEAK from a point of ignorance, but I DO KNOW THIS #at&t & #Verizon ON THE SAME SIDE CANNOT BE A GOOD THING! pic.twitter.com/tIc4MBxcNv— Elizabeth (@lizzzyk66) December 14, 2017
At the same time, however, the resulting lack of competition could be great for Netflix.