Will the end of net neutrality be the end of Cutetropolis?
The Federal Communications Commission plans to end “net neutrality” rules for the Internet in the USA. Net neutrality requires data carriers to treat all traffic at the same speed, but providers who want to divide the ‘Net into “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” are poised to get an early holiday present from the FCC.
This could be bad news for Cutetropolis and thousands of websites just like it. You pay your Internet provider for access to Cutetropolis, but soon your provider could choose to slow down Cutetropolis — even block it completely — unless I pay them too. I can’t afford to do that, so your Cutetropolis experience may be different in the future.
Providers could take advantage of the lack of regulations to cut the Internet into “packages” like cable TV. Internet users have raised their voices before, and it’s time to raise them again to keep the Internet just the way it is. Call the FCC at (202) 418-2000 or write to Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov to express your concerns. Thank you.
(This post has been updated to remove references to MEO, a mobile service provider in Portugal. Thanks to reader Mariana for clarifying.)