Thursday, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality. Net neutrality stopped internet service providers from deciding what you can access online. So will there be any changes? Cirrus ABS Director of Visibility Kevin Mullett says he thinks so.
"A lot of professionals within the industry thinks it will occur because it already has. There was a case several years back where Comcast was slowing down traffic from Netflix until Netflix agreed to pay them a fee. That is absolutely the situation we could have again."
And how long could it be until we start seeing changes?
"The bet would be that they're going to slowly roll these things in because the community has told our representatives we don't want the sunset of net neutrality. So if they do it immediately it's going to prove that they were right. That they cannot be trusted to regulate themselves," said Mullett.
Mullett says he's very concerned about the direction the recent decision could take internet accessibility.
"The fear that I have particularly is that each bit of traffic coming to and from your household is not going to be treated equally. That the broadband providers will come in an they'll bbasically say, we want you to see this content because it's ours."
Mullett says it would be a detriment to free speech. Many people are concerned about how eliminating net neutrality affects them, but Ohio Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green, OH) says it may not be so bad. In a statement released Thursday after the FCC''s 3-2 vote, Latta says, "Today's decision by the FCC will simply restore the light-touch rules that governed the internet for decades and helped usher in massive investment and innovation in the technology sector."
Although the FCC voted to get rid of net neutrality, it's not quite a done deal.
"This is going to take congress to regulate on our behalf."
Mullett says the lack of net neutrality won't last forever if people go to their local congressmen and demand change.