On Thursday, the FCC will decide if net neutrality rules should be repealed. But what would that mean to the average internet user?
SUNY Oswego professor Jason Zenor, who teaches media law, has a simple analogy for what the web could look like without net neutrality.
“The easiest way to look at it is [if internet was] like cable where you have different packages, where you pay for social media, or you pay for video services or social media services,” Zenor said.
He says internet providers could also slow down sites that don’t align with them politically or their competitors.
“Comcast, which is a main internet provider, may slow down service for CBS All Access or they may slow down Netflix because they have NBCUniversal, and would prefer that you watch that,” Zenor adds.
Internet providers, who are largely against net neutrality, want the ability to charge for services that use more bandwith. But Zenor asks, at what cost?
“Information is very important,” Zenor said. “It’s how we get our news. It’s how we know what’s going on. If that’s being blocked by these telecom companies, that’s a concern. I think that’s why people are so passionate about it.”