Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

USA ruling could affect internet access in Australia

USA ruling could affect internet access in Australia

Net neutrality is something we have been enjoying on a daily since the internet came into existence.

The creators of the viral "Harlem Shake" are threatening to take legal action for the use of the song in a video featuring Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai promoting the repeal of net neutrality rules.

Pai's video, "7 Things You Can Still Do On The Internet After Net Neutrality", which was created in collaboration with conservative website The Daily Caller, touts killing net neutrality as creating "internet freedom". Setting a bad example for the rest of the world, the FCC voted to allow internet providers to be able to privilege one form of content over another on the internet. Under the new rules, for example, there would be nothing to stop an internet provider from slowing down a competitor's streaming service in favor of one's own product or charging more to use an alternative search engine.

While many companies already pay traditional ISPs as well as web services companies for regional servers to feed content to customers, the rates they pay may not be subject to drastic or even much movement at all.

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It then added that, "the two presidents also discussed working together to resolve the very risky situation in North Korea". Mr Trump has repeatedly highlighted surging USA stock markets as evidence that his political agenda is succeeding.

The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality 3-2 on Thursday. This will make it hard for startup companies to compete with well known brands, resulting in slower content delivery.

Broadband companies and other internet service providers say they have no plans to offer paid prioritization, but some have been laying the groundwork for it in recent months.

In November, hundreds of companies, including tech companies Airbnb, Foursquare and Etsy, signed a letter to Pai urging the FCC to retain the net neutrality regulations.

But supporters of net neutrality say consumers could be charged extra to stream certain content if they don't want to be hampered by network congestion. Go to https://www.battleforthenet.com/ or text BATTLE to 384-387.

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