The repeal of Net Neutrality is a hot topic in America, and many of our customers have reached out to find out how we feel about it. Here at Softcom we believe that everyone should have the same opportunities to access the internet, no matter where they live, without us getting in the way of you getting the content you want. In short, what does this mean for our customers? That we’ll continue to provide the best internet access and services to each and every customer without any net neutrality shenanigans. Or, in other words…business as usual!
Net Neutrality can be very difficult to understand, but here are the basics: From the beginning of the Internet, there has been a mostly hands-off approach from the regulatory side of things. In December of 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed it’s Open Internet Order. These rules required internet service providers (ISPs) to give everyone equal access to everything they use the internet for — email, streaming, music, etc. The rules also prevented ISPs from creating paid “fast lanes” that would give faster delivery of content to companies who can afford to pay more.
In December of 2017, the FCC voted to repeal these rules; with the opponents stating that overturning Net Neutrality means that ISPs can choose what you see online, favoring some sources or blocking others. They can also create so called “fast lanes” where content from, for instance, Netflix is given higher priority and more bandwidth than content from Hulu.
As part of our commitment to our customers to provide the best Internet access without gimmicks, Softcom has not, does not, and has no plans to break any of the principles of the FCC Open Internet Order of 2010.