Net Neutrality: An End to Streaming My Netflix?


Samantha Yang, Reporter

You’ve probably already heard the rumors surrounding the end to net neutrality and have asked yourself questions such as “Will I lose my Netflix?” or “Does this mean I can’t listen to Spotify?” or even, “What is net neutrality and why should I care?”

There have been many false claims and misconceptions floating around with people trying to determine whether they can still stream their beloved shows and music.

The loss of net neutrality means none of these things, however. According to ABC News, net neutrality makes ISPs (internet service providers) like Comcast and Verizon keep their costs the same for the streaming of different services across the Internet. For example, Comcast has to keep the cost of Netflix the same as the cost of its competitors.

With the end of net neutrality, ISPs could charge content providers more in return for giving them faster speeds. This means they could charge Netflix more for giving them a faster speed.

The end of neutrality has a considerable impact on the ordinary public, however. According to the New York Times, the speed of your Internet could become dependent on how much you pay an ISP. Paying more could give you a quicker Internet speed, while paying less could result in a lower speed.

In addition, according to Fortune, certain sections of the Internet could become more difficult to view. Services using the Internet could also become more expensive due to providers having to pay more for streaming across the Internet.

Companies claim that the new liberties they have with this subject are beneficial for their economy and help keep it in good condition, since they would be able to vary their costs.

The FCC is charge of net neutrality, and their chairman is Republican, according to the New York Times. According to CNN, the opinions of the public on net neutrality may have been misrepresented due to the fact that people’s identities were used to express opinions on net neutrality without their permission.

Some of these individuals had already died. Only 17.4% of the comments about net neutrality were submitted by actual people, according to Newsweek.

A lack of net neutrality is present in other countries already though, according to Fortune. Some countries including Belgium, Canada and Russia do not have net neutrality implemented into their systems. The United States won’t be the only one.

Though the world is not ending and Spotify isn’t being obliterated, the end to net neutrality could have serious implications in our world of technology and media. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the show.