Quite recently, net neutrality (a set of guidelines written by the FCC that ensures that all internet thorughput must be treated equally) was taken to court by Verizon. And somehow, Verizon won.
Or just watch this.
Someone started a petition, and we're about a quarter of the way there.
With net neutrality gone, it now means that ISPs (internet service providers) can do the following, that they couldn't do before:
- charge websites so you have access to them (pay extra fees to continue having access to websites in addition
to your other fees you have now. If it gets really bad, our internet bills could double.)
- provide better transfer rates to websites that have more money (giving the rich and powerful websites a large advantage, similar to what already happens on YouTube)
- discriminate against certain websites and/or poor people (possibly leading to censorship)
This will likely affect everyone since the internet is shared by the entire world, and being close neighbors to the US, I'm sure Canada will get screwed by this.
If shit like this keeps happening every month, the 99% will probably be eating snow and birds by 2020.