A hot button issue that has been all over the news lately is the lifting of net neutrality. The FCC recently voted that mass media corporations, such as Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, etc. have the rights to police the data they are letting customers use. This was action voted on by an Administration desperate to pull back anything that Barrack Obama put into place.
Therefore, these multimedia companies can decide on a multitude of things:
- Which websites load faster and slower
- If certain websites should cost the person browsing money
- Data caps
- Additional charges for excessive streaming
The last two are extremely delicate to cord-cutters. CTO of Amazon and Amazon Prime Instant Video released his thought in a statement via Twitter, tweeting:
I am extremely disappointed in the FCC decision to remove the #NetNeutrality protections. We’ll continue to work with our peers, partners and customers to find ways to ensure an open and fair internet that can continue to drive massive innovation.
Netflix’s official United States Twitter account also tweeted in on the situation, tweeting:
We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutralityprotections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.