Net neutrality, the policy that has governed internet providers for the past 15 years, is expected to be rolled back in two weeks when the FCC votes on the proposal. Without those regulations, internet providers – such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T – will be able to prioritize, slow down or even block certain websites and apps. They’ll also be allowed to charge content producers like Facebook or Twitter to present access to users, and charge users more for access to sites or apps they want to use. Supporters say this will increase revenue for internet providers, enabling them to improve the services they provide. Critics, such as Professor Tim Wu who coined the term net neutrality, says it could be the end of the open internet, with repercussions for the development of the internet economy. He joins Soledad O’Brien to explain the impact to consumers, e-commerce and democracy itself.

 

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