As many of you may have heard, the FCC recently voted to repeal net neutrality, but what is net neutrality, and what could it mean for your website?
Basically, Net Neutrality prohibits internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or restricting certain internet content from their users. ISPs include Verizon, Xfinity, and all those large communication corporations. Net Neutrality is exactly how it sounds, it keeps the internet neutral. Net Neutrality allows for a fundamentally free and open internet available for anyone with access to the internet. Under net neutrality, users can surf the internet, and access and share information under their own will, without interference or limitations.
On December 14th, 2017, the FCC voted 3-2 in favor of repealing Net Neutrality. This vote takes away Net Neutrality so now there are no rules or regulations protecting the freedom of the internet. We are back to where we were before Net Neutrality regulations came into effect in 2015. But, now there are actual talks of ISP restrictions.
What Does This Mean?
Internet service providers could potentially call the shots on what users can view, post, share, etc. ISPs can control content by blocking it or slowing it down. There is no way of knowing which content could be restricted or limited because it would be solely up to the ISPs. Who knows what it could mean for your website or blog, as it is too early to tell. It is something to be aware of though. Though Net Neutrality has been repealed, any sort of ISP restriction would not occur for a long time as there is still a tedious legal process before this decision can go through.
Again, any website owner should be aware of Net Neutrality and this decision, as it could potentially affect every internet user in the country. If you have more net neutrality questions, contact the experts here at Boston Web Marketing.