This Thursday (Dec. 14) the internet as we know it could change forever.
Spotify, Souncloud, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google & just about every other application and website you use on a daily basis could be heavily affected by a vote happening this Thursday… The proposed regulation change would have an effect on internet users in the United States with a ripple effect across the globe.
Now here is the breakdown of what's going on: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote on maintaining or repealing Net Neutrality – the rules that require internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all data as equal without interference. Repealing Net Neutrality would hand over control of the internet in the USA to ISPs such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon allowing them to block or slow down websites and apps at their own discretion. See below this video to do your part. The image above illustrates what your internet options could look like in the future….
The repeal of Net Neutrality would affect every sector of the internet and could have a massive impact on music streaming. For example, Comcast could slow down or even block apps like Spotify and Apple Music and then force them to pay for higher connection speeds. This increased price will likely be passed down to the people using their services to listen to music.
Additionally, streaming services could choose to exclusively provide their content to a specific ISP – for example, Spotify or Apple Music could chose to only be accessed through the highest bidder and go with AT&T and not Comcast, or vice versa. Music consumers could be forced to change service providers or streaming services based on their location or monthly subscription plan. What we can all do to help is contact members of congress to express your concerns.
Do your part here to help save the open internet.