Today marks the beginning of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) repeal of net neutrality. While portions of the repeal are scheduled to be rolled out at later dates, they mostly deal with issues that won’t have any direct impact on the nonprofit performing arts sector (such as data collection requirements).
Having said that, you shouldn’t expect slowdowns to happen immediately.
As anticipated by most experts, there are slew of legal challenges brewing and even though the repeal contained language prohibiting states from passing legislation restoring lost regulations, that hasn’t stopped them from doing exactly that.
California is pushing a series of new regulations that require Internet Service Providers (ISP) to continue complying with elements from the now defunct federal rules.
Those hoping for Congress to step in with new laws to restore net neutrality can put those dreams to rest, at least, for the time being. Most of the legislation proposed by the current GOP majority is designed to allow ISPs to engage in pay-for-play prioritization. Meaning, if you don’t pay an ISPs price, your organization’s websites will load slower than those who pay.
That’s the exact sort of practices net neutrality previously prohibited.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to review the preparation guide published here on 3/13/18.
Moreover, you’ll want to follow the series of articles I’ve been writing at ArtsHacker.com on how to improve performance and push back against ISP slowdowns. Installment five of six comes out this week.