Too Early To Tell How Net Neutrality Repeal Will Affect Your Internet

Rob Hart
June 23, 2018 - 12:17 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Net neutrality is officially dead -- but how that will impact your internet experience is yet to be seen.

The rules that required internet service providers to treat all internet traffic the same were put in place by the Obama Administration in 2015. The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the rules in December. They were officially revoked earlier this month.

How this will affect your access is not clear. However, Northern Illinois University Communications Technology Professor David Gunkel said he suspects that you may first notice changes in your mobile phone data plan.

"There is a finite amount of data you are able to access on a monthly basis, so I think the ISPs are going to get a little creative with the way they provide you your data content," he said.

Gunkel added that it is still too early to predict how the net neutrality rule change will impact customers or content creators.

"There could be a court challenge coming from places like the Electronic Frontier Foundation or the ACLU, which would tie up this change in rule in a way that makes it ineffectual in the short term."

Gunkel also said that Congress could pass a law that would clear up the confusion over how traffic is handled on the internet, or an FCC appointed by a future Democratic president could change the rules once again.