We Could Lose Net Neutrality Before 2018
Net neutrality is a principle the internet was based on — that everyone, from small mom-and-pop shops in Westborough to big chains, is treated equally. No one can pay to have their content delivered at a different speed.
The Obama administration enshrined net neutrality rules, protecting consumers. The Trump administration is getting ready to destroy them, to benefit internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon or Comcast.
Without net neutrality, ISPs can create “fast lanes” on the superhighway, allowing big internet companies to pay to put their content on the fast lane. Everyone else — like small businesses, or innovative startups — will be relegated to the slow lanes, or stuck behind roadblocks, unless they can pay.
The result — ISPs essentially determine what you can see, and how fast you can see it.
By 2018, the internet we know today could be a piece of history you only read about in a Wikipedia page. (If your ISP decides you can load Wikipedia.)