RIP, Net Neutrality. But It's Not Over, Yet!
Net Neutrality Repeal Goes Into Effect Today
Cover illustration by Ammy Daroach.
While we're all excited about E3, the repeal of net neutrality goes into effect Monday June 11. Engadget's Mallory Locklear breaks down what happens next. While ISPs may not implement anything immediately, they now have the legal ability "leeway to block, throttle and prioritize websites and content." This would not be the first time ISPs have done this, which is why the Obama Administration reclassified internet service providers as Title II.
Understanding Title II can be a bit tricky, which is why too many people are ignoring such an important policy.
What is Title II?
Title II refers to services that carry goods to others. Think about the U.S. Postal Service, railroads and ferries. They carry mail and deliver on behalf of businesses and individuals. They transport (or carry) for the common people. It's where the term "common carrier"originated from. This also means that the service provider or carrier, must charge everyone the same price for the same service.
The internet, like mail carriers, has evolved into a service that carries common information and should be regulated as such. Just as mail services deliver packages on behalf of businesses and individuals, schools now deliver education online, people pay bills online, sign up for various services online, make reservations, and communicate with loved ones online. Reclassifying internet service providers to Title I services would mean that ISPs could prioritize which websites people can visit and for how much.
Although net neutrality officially ends today, the battle is still pressing on. The House of Representatives is still preparing to vote to reinstate net neutrality. You can help by contacting your representatives--either tweet them or call them or both! Let them know where you stand.
Let us know in the comments where you stand and if you've talked to your representatives.