The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to repeal net neutrality. This is a big blow to those who were campaigning for an open internet. While this has come as a major setback to the open nature of the internet – this is isn’t the end of the internet as we know it. The biggest problem with net neutrality is that it beats the very purpose of what the internet is supposed to be!
The internet as we have known it so far, is a place for infinite knowledge and unrestricted access. However, repealing Net Neutrality imposes a number of restrictions in this open nature of the internet. Net Neutrality was the only thing which was creating a fair, unpartial balance on the internet. Basically now with ISPs having more control, they can charge you more for visiting certain websites giving others a preferential treatment.
This would be a major blow to startups and smaller websites which will probably not get this preferential treatment and users would have to browse these websites on a slower speed. Over 200 startups have written an open letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai who drafted the Net Neutrality repeal order.
These startups that wrote to Mr. Pai stated that this decision to repeal net neutrality would be harmful for smaller businesses. They said that this order “would put small and medium-sized businesses at a disadvantage and prevent innovative new ones from even getting off the ground. This, is the opposite of the open market, with a few powerful cable and phone companies picking winners and losers instead of consumers”.
So to answer the question, no, the internet is NOT dead. However, it is beat down and will continue to remain chained till Net Neutrality is brought back. The biggest power of the internet is how it brings people together. With Net Neutrality, it would break down the internet into a society divided on class where people who pay more would be able to visit websites at a better speed than others! So no, the internet is not dead, it is being choked.