Yesterday the FCC moved the internet from a Title II service back to a Title I service. This is what is being called the repeal of Net Neutrality. We are already seeing a flood of anti-cord cutting stories telling you that with the end of net neutrality the world will end and, more importantly, you might as well sign back up for cable TV.
I do want to encourage everyone to take a deep breath and step back from the cliff out there. As with all things you need to look at both sides of a story as the truth is someplace in the middle.
With that in mind, I want to make a few things clear. Cord Cutting is not coming to an end. The world is not ending and life will go on. I am closely watching how the move to Title 1 will effect cord cutting but as of today, nothing has changed. If something happens that I think will negatively effect cord cutting you better believe I will be right here to let you know about it.
So, for now, I would not panic and this is what I suggest you do if you want Net Neutrality restored:
First, if you are upset about this make sure to call your representative in Congress. Let your voice be heard as there has already been talk of a bill in Congress to make net neutrality a law not just a legal rule from the FCC. Posting online is great but will unlikely be seen by the people who matter.
Second, take a deep breath and wait. At this time nothing has happened and there will be plenty of time to worry once we know what will happen next. Yet we may have an idea as all we need to do is think back 3 years for an idea of what the internet was like before net neutrality.
Home Internet even today has many issues and is overpriced. My real hope is 5G home Internet. Once we have 5 or maybe even 10 options for home Internet, we will start to see prices come down, data caps go away, and true net neutrality comes into play.
Currently, companies like Verizon, AT&T, Dish, Charter, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Google all have a target date of 2020 to have half of the United States covered with 5G home Internet.
Once that happens you will be able to vote with your dollar and give it to the company that gives you the best service.
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