Innovation expert: Repealing net neutrality is a threat to democracy
Dec. 14, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality, a regulation that requires internet service providers to carry all online traffic at the same speed.
Supporters of the regulation believe its repeal will allow service providers to charge more for certain content, while critics say removing the regulation will allow the internet to thrive in the free market.
Heather Ross, an assistant professor for Arizona State University, says in areas where there is little competition between service providers, these providers will have little incentive to innovate or offer competitive pricing. There are currently 129 million Americans that only have access to one internet service provider.