The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules were officially repealed Monday.
Net neutrality is the idea that Internet service providers (ISP) treat all data on the Internet the same. This means not discriminating or charging differently by user, content website, platform, type, or application.
It allows the government to make sure Internet service providers (like Verizon or AT&T) can’t block certain content or slow down websites that they do not have contracts with.
So what does this mean for you? Well, you might not see any changes until ISPs like Comcast and AT&T change their terms of service.
It could mean service providers will charge their customers more.
For example, say you’re an AT&T customer. AT&T has had a contract with Netflix since 2014, but they don’t have a contract with Hulu.
Now that net neutrality is gone, AT&T can slow down your streaming on Hulu and speed it up for Netflix.
Basically, any ISP can give priority to a website or company it’s doing business with.
However, 23 attorney generals who want net neutrality back have filed a lawsuit against the FCC. And states like New York have signed executive orders to keep net neutrality in place.
Additional reporting by Gabriela Milian and Jalyn Henderson