Who Loses Out?

Who Will Be Affected by the Loss of Net Neutrality?

 

  • Small businesses: The little guy will be left in the "slow lane" with inferior Internet service, unable to compete.
  • Innovators with the next big idea: Startups and entrepreneurs will be muscled out of the marketplace by big corporations that pay Internet providers for the top spots on the Web.
  • Bloggers: Costs will skyrocket to post and share video and audio clips — silencing citizen journalists and putting more power in the hands of a few corporate media outlets.
  • Google users: Another search engine could pay dominant Internet providers like AT&T to guarantee that their search engine opens faster than Google on your computer.
  • iPod listeners: A company like Comcast could slow access to iTunes, steering you toward a higher-priced music service it owns.
  • Online shoppers: Companies could pay Internet providers to guarantee that their online sales process faster than competitors with lower prices — distorting your choices as a consumer.
  • Telecommuters: When Internet companies like AT&T favor their own services, you won't be able to choose more affordable providers for online video, teleconferencing, Internet phone calls and software that connect your home computer to your office.
  • Parents and retirees: Your choices as a consumer could be controlled by your Internet provider, steering you to their preferred services for online banking, health care information, photo sharing, vacation planning, etc.
  • Political groups: Political organizing could be slowed by a handful of dominant Internet providers that ask advocacy groups to pay "protection money" for their websites and online features to work correctly.
  • Nonprofits: A charity's website could open at snail-like speeds, and online contributions could grind to a halt if nonprofits don't pay Internet providers for access to "the fast lane."

 

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good