Net Neutrality: What can you do?

The FCC removed their control over Net Neutrality on Thursday. The Nightbeat's Jason Puckett has more on what sort of impact you might see and what you can do.

AUSTIN - There's a lot of fear online that as Net Neutrality is no longer protected, there could be a lot that goes wrong.

Many online fear that sites will be throttled or blocked and some worry that they won't be able to do anything about it.

"This is extremely unpopular with people age 18 to 35," ACC political science professor Roy Casagranda said. "That demographic does not like the repeal of Net Neutrality. My student population is completely freaked out."

Professor Casagranda said the only real official way to prohibit internet service providers from throttling, blocking or prioritizing certain sites would be a vote by Congress, something he said may not happen soon but will likely come about as negative sentiments grow.

"In the long term, it's very bad for the Republican party to do something like this because those people are going to grow up not liking that specific event," he said. 

As for individuals, there are a few things folks can do:

1.) Competition - For internet users with other service providers at their home, switching to a different service, or the threat of switching services, can help keep speeds high.

2.) Contracts - Most ISP's require users to sign a contract when the service begins. If the ISP changes their terms or part of the deal, it's possible to renegotiate or cancel the contract.

Now unfortunately, if you're in an area without multiple options there isn't a whole lot you can do -- except urge your politicians to get involved.

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