Entertainment & Technology

What Will Internet Access Cost?

More than you want to pay, if FCC Director Ajit Pai has his way. 

By Bill Wood

What if you wanted to follow what’s happening in Washington without free access to the Internet? The rules that keep Internet content open to all were thrown out by the Federal Communications Commission last December. If the FCC has its way, you could be faced with paying for access to websites like CNN, the NY Times and FOX News. There are people in Congress who are fighting to keep access to Internet content free to all like it is now. It’s called Net Neutrality.

To review, Net Neutrality is the principle that the Internet should be neutral and service providers should be prohibited from limiting access to it. If you’re reading this, Net Neutrality is in your best interest. You can learn more here.

The U.S. Senate voted to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules on May 16th. All members of the Democratic caucus and three Republicans voted in favor of maintaining Net Neutrality rules that were put in place in 2015. Last December the FCC voted to overturn those 2015 rules and deregulate the broadband industry. That opened the door for many things, including fees to access content on the Internet that’s now accessed free of charge. Deregulation also opened the door for service providers to pick and choose the sites they wanted to give full access at full speed. That’s what’s possible if Net Neutrality is killed.

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