Net neutrality regulations were like traffic rules for the internet, but as of Monday, they're officially rolled back.
Type, click, go. That's the usual cycle when you get online, right? Everything seems to be within reach. But critics of the net neutrality rollback say the internet, as we know it, could change.
"The impacts that you're going to potentially see are the creation of fast lanes," said Christopher Lomax. "It is going to be that people who can afford to pay more for Netflix or pay more for Facebook or pay more for any of the different services that they like to use, they are going to be able to afford to do that."
Lomax founded Mantle, a technology incubator and co-working space. His biggest concern with the change is for the impact on those startup companies who won't be able to afford paying more to access what's currently free.
"That's going to put people in Mississippi and companies in Mississippi at a disadvantage," added Lomax. "You know, we don't have the established technology businesses that other states have. So, what we're looking to do is have the same ability to create the next big company in the Internet age."
For you at home, the way you pay could eventually change.
"A lot of those people would say your internet bill may start to look like your cell phone bill with these add on fees and this bundle or this pricing," noted Ken Ivey, owner of TechSource Solutions. "The other side says hey let that work out in the free market."
Netflix is one example.
A service provider could potentially charge more because it uses more bandwidth, but don't expect to notice an immediate change.
"In the end, it's going to take a little while and it's going to take these companies a while to figure out how they can leverage this," added Ivey.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has joined 23 other states in filing a lawsuit on this issue. He sent a statement on the issue Monday.
“Net neutrality prevented internet service providers from limiting or interfering with a consumer’ use of the internet," said AG Hood. "In response to the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality, Mississippi joined 23 states in filing a suit and is in the process of setting a briefing schedule. We will continue to fight aggressively to protect a free and open internet for the sake of Mississippians.”
We also checked in with C Spire to get their reaction to the net neutrality repeal.
“C Spire’s service will continue to be driven by the demands of our customers who want reliable, fast broadband service to enable the devices they choose to reach any lawful content on the Internet," C Spire noted. "The greatest impediment to investment in any industry is uncertainty. Today, rules that the FCC put in place just a few years ago are being changed. Congress needs to put an end to this game of regulatory ping-pong by enacting legislation for the Internet age and delivering the legal and market certainty necessary to unleash broadband investment in all areas of the country, urban and rural.”
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