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Even if one doesn't game or stream right now I would still be concerned to see the full repercussions of the change.
It's not just streaming and gaming that you should be concerned about.
IMO, it will hurt small businesses the most who won’t be able to compete with the “big boys” whose sites will load faster, because they will be able to afford to pay more for service.
Because these companies are moving so much traffic on their own, they've been forced to make special arrangements with the country's internet service providers that can facilitate the delivery of their sites and applications. Basically, they're bypassing the internet backbone, plugging straight into the ISPs. Today, a typical webpage request can involve dozens of back-and-forth communications between the browser and the web server, and even though internet packets move at the speed of light, all of that chatter can noticeably slow things down. But by getting inside the ISPs, the big web companies can significantly cut back on the delay. Over the last six years, they've essentially rewired the internet.
Google was the first. As it expanded its online operation to a network of private data centers across the globe, the web giant also set up routers inside many of the same data centers used by big-name ISPs so that traffic could move more directly from Google's data centers to web surfers. This type of direct connection is called "peering." Plus, the company set up servers inside many ISPs so that it could more quickly deliver popular YouTube videos, webpages, and images. This is called a "content delivery network," or CDN (see glossary, right).
The "past 20 years" are filled with abuses by Verizon, Comcast and ATT in particular, before net neutrality laws were put into effect. Netflix was their most common focus of attack, but there were others. Ever hear of "throttling"? It's service that is slowed down at certain times of high demand or service by certain providers (usually netflix) that becomes spotty or slow. Funny, how Big Company's own netflix-wannabe channel won't slow down...hmmmm, maybe we should all switch to that?
Net neutrality is basically against bullying. You can still pay more to your cable provider for faster service. You should get that faster service, and you should get it equally for all channels. That's what is ending today.
Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. It aims to guarantee a level playing field for all websites and Internet technologies. With net neutrality, the network's only job is to move data—not to choose which data to privilege with higher quality, that is faster, service. In the US, on February 26, 2015, the Federal Communication Commission adopted Open Internet rules. They designed to protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation's broadband networks. The Open Internet rules are grounded in the strongest possible legal foundation by relying on multiple sources of authority, including: Title II of the Communications Act and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The new rules apply to both fixed and mobile broadband service.
Bright line rules:
No blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
No throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
No paid prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration or payment of any kind—in other words, no "fast lanes." This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their own affiliated businesses.