Reality Check: News 13 finds answers to viewers' questions about net neutrality
Net neutrality is no more.
The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era rules, giving internet service providers like AT&T and Charter Spectrum the ability to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit — or charge more for faster speeds.
It remains to be seen how phone and cable companies will respond to the repeal of net neutrality rules. But, News 13 wanted to hear from you and take your questions to local computer experts for answers on how different scenarios could play out with phone and cable companies.
News 13 spoke with the computer experts at The Wired Mouse:
Question: "How is it going to affect us on an everyday basis? What are we going to have access to? What are we not going to have access to? What are they taking away?”
Answer: "Providers will limit the different websites that you have access to and you pay for different plans, depending on which access you want. Being like a television kind of idea."
Question: "What is Congress going to do to stop it?"
Answer: "Congress could go in and say that this particular company, they're the only company that's provided in this area. We need someone else to come in and provide this service, so that we don't have this specific monopoly and could provide lower rates or access to more websites."
Question: "Is it going to cost more for the internet?"
Answer: “If you want to be able to access everything, it's obviously going to cost more, because it would be an unlimited plan, basically. Whereas, you would have a limited plan to only access emails or Facebook."