You might remember the term “net neutrality” from around two years ago when it was a hot button issue. It basically pertains to the treatment of the internet as a utility, in that internet providers (ISP’s) can’t give certain websites and internet services prioritization over other ones in terms of what users have access to. Without net neutrality, ISP’s could artificially throttle connections to websites and services and use that as an opportunity for profit. For example, an ISP could profit from Twitter by slowing down user access to their services and having Twitter pay them to restore or maintain that access.
This doesn’t just concern me because I cover tech on The Solitary Hideout. The end of net neutrality has its effects beyond technology – beyond the US, even. It can possibly affect the way everyone uses the internet as we know it.
There could be precedent for ISP’s in other countries to neuter their respective governments’ internet regulations as well. As far as I know, most ISP’s and telcos are extremely predatory and user-hostile because they tend to be monopolies or duopolies in the countries they operate in – my country, the Philippines, is no exception. I’d imagine they’d leap at any opportunity to turn a profit from this.
Even with consideration for its wide-ranging effects, it’s scary to think that this isn’t even among the worst of the issues people are facing (and will continue to face) during the Trump administration.