Net neutrality officially repealed

By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 12, 2018

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The official repeal of net neutrality is now in effect.

Net neutrality, which once required internet service providers to treat all online content the same, is now gone starting Monday.

Until now, anyone who uses any website has grown accustomed to a certain level of speed and service. But now, with the repeal of net neutrality, users could soon see differences in their browsing.

The repeal of net neutrality takes the regulation of the internet from the government's hands and places it into the hands of internet providers.

For example, providers like Comcast, who were once blocked from slowing the streaming speed of competitors like Netflix, now have the ability to do so if they choose.

But, experts say not to worry, changes won't come overnight, and might not at come all.

"There's checks and balances in our business sector, that are going to keep people in line because you have to compete with the lady or gentlemen next to you," said Aegis Business Technologies CEO Blake Dowling, "And you know, fair market trade should keep everybody in line."

Dowling says to regularly check monthly bills to make sure there has been no spike in price and to report any websites that seem to be running abnormally slow.