Hello and welcome back, Beauties!! Today, December 14th, the FCC made a move that is going to basically end the way we use the internet as we know it. Be Advised: This blog is gonna be long and ranty, so grab a snack and get comfortable.
I try to keep things beauty related here on the blog, but what took place today has to be addressed immediately. The move that the Trump Administration’s FCC made today is going to have lasting effects on all of us if it goes through completely.
In case you missed it, the FCC voted to repeal the Net Neutrality provisions that former President Obama put into place in 2015, and it passed in a vote of 3-2. Basically, net neutrality means that we all can access anything on the internet for free without being charged per site and whatnot. For example, Comcast is my internet service provider (ISP). I pay every month for wifi service and, because of that, I can go anywhere I want to online at anytime of day or night without Comcast slowing down or blocking my service. Here’s a quote from CNN about what net neutrality is:
The net neutrality rules, approved by the FCC in 2015, were intended to keep the internet open and fair. Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon were explicitly prohibited from speeding up or slowing down traffic from specific websites and apps.
Under the approved proposal, the FCC would do away with rules barring internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content. The FCC would also eliminate a rule barring providers from prioritizing their own content.
So, because of the net neutrality provisions President Obama set in place, we are able to surf the web however and whenever without ISPs messing with our service or charging us a per site fee. Now that they have decided to repeal these provisions, we are about to be in the internet sunken place because this is going to basically give ISPs complete control over what content you can get and how much of it you have access to.
Basically, ISPs like Comcast and Verizon are going to be able to charge you to go to any website they want. My friend Liv put it best. Imagine having to pay $.20 every time you did a Google search. Y’all, I literally use Google every single day to find images for this very blog you’re reading. Imagine having to pay PER MOVIE you watch on Netflix. I also heard somewhere that they are considering charging something crazy for watching YouTube videos. Can you imagine that first internet bill if this comes to fruition?! You guys, stuff has officially gotten real. Real messed up, that is.
The repeal isn’t supposed to take place until next year, according to the article I read on CNN/s website (the irony), but still. Just the thought of this being a real thing is just maddening.
This won’t just have a financial impact on us. It will also impact education. My son, a sophomore in high school, uses the internet at school literally all day to access lessons and such, and it’s an integral part of his homework situation. If he forgets what his homework assignments are, he can go to his Google Classroom and access that information. He uses that same site to turn in projects as well. It will impact human rights movements that rely greatly on the power the internet has to spread the word about injustice and causes at the speed of light.
We won’t even get into the fact that there are people whose sole source of income is internet-based. From YouTubers to bloggers like me to digital store owners, the internet is literally helping people sustain their lives and families. The internet is how I am able to stay in touch with family and friends that don’t live close to me. I legit earned my degree because I had the ability to take courses online and get everything from coursework to my actual books with ease.
So, what does this repeal mean for us as a whole? We are being silenced in a lot of ways. Sure, the internet won’t be shut down, but without net neutrality, our access to information becomes limited, because who is gonna pay a bunch of money to watch a live stream about policy change or anything like that? Not too many because the way income is set up in this country for most of us, paying that extra coin to get on Facebook Live is just not a priority.
This is major and needs to be discussed as much as possible. Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments below or tweet me @theregulargirl1.
Until next time, Beauties!! xoxo