The week prior to December 14th, 2017 (Thursday) the Federal Communications Commission got slammed by the democratic members for the vote to repeal net neutrality. This is a scenario that can affect companies and start-ups and are bound to treat internet traffic differently. Not only this, but they will also be targeted within billboards by net neutrality active members or activist.
The commissioners associated with Federal communications stated that this might impact and harm small start-ups and will slow down their progress. Net neutrality democrats who have voted for the Federal communications commission key person Ajit Pai have been blown off by the Team Internet.
Even the campaign director of Fight for the Future, Evan Greer, stated that the active members of the FCC simply can’t vote around between free internet and open internet and easily gets away with the matter.
Many democrats against net neutrality cited that the main reason for voting Ajit Pai is to end net neutrality protections forever. It is considered as a vote for providing less internet services at affordable prices against those who use it the most. This will just create hike in internet costs and the worse services for normal users.
The Consequences Of Net Neutrality For Online Entrepreneurs and Start-ups
Online entrepreneur’s freedom to access free internet anywhere and also consume publicly accessible content will be gone. This will also affect new start-ups financial condition as they might not have funds or sponsors to support costly internet service and as a result of this work productivity and work flow will gradually slow down.
Even for publishing and media entrepreneurs it is most likely that they’ll suffer a huge set back because internet traffic will mostly merge over those consumers who are likely to get handy with internet by pouring huge bucks.
It’s not only finances but the knowledge graph will also go down. This is because numerous free accessible content will be blocked by internet service providers. Therefore, the rate of free knowledge share will decrease and thereafter communities who are below middle class will not be able to afford internet services and thus it will lead to lack in knowledge among masses.
Small start-ups like wittyfeed.com, brightside.me (etc.) will affected by the consequences because these are the start-ups based on revenue model which is purely decided by online internet traffic acquisition. If access to free internet is restricted then traffic flow will gradually decrease for small media based start-ups and it’s most likely to hamper their online business.
Even a professor from University of Maryland named Jennifer Golbeck cited that the removal of the net neutrality might entirely take down the world of internet as a source for open and free information.
Last but not the least, taking up of net neutrality rules will make giant corporations more powerful over simple public sectors.