The FCC finally took a stand on net neutrality by approving Open Internet Order. While the vote was a tight one, three to two, the victory was felt around the country by many small business owners.
At a news conference following the February 26 vote, Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler said that the new policy will “ban blocking, ban throttling, and ban paid-prioritization fast lanes.”
Net neutrality isn’t just for Netflix junkies who want to binge watch limitlessly on the latest batch of shows and movies such as House of Cards, it’s a great victory for small businesses that may be feeling the pinch of privatized and prioritized internet carrier restrictions.
In short, the internet will work as it always has, with the added bonus that telecom companies cannot use their wide spanning power to create special “high speed” treatment for those who can afford to pay them more. We’ve all seen the bundle packages and internet options that offer high-speed internet for an inflated cost.
A Slam Dunk for Small Business
The approval of net neutrality certainly appears to be a good sign for small businesses. Unlike the internet of yesterday, there will be a level playing field for the big name companies and small business regards to internet speeds and access. The haves and the have-nots will quickly become a thing of the past. According to experts, entrepreneurs will no longer feel the tight constraints and will be able to compete with wealthier companies who can afford to pay extra for better internet speeds.
In a statement Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says, “We cannot have a two-tiered Internet with fast lanes that speed the traffic of the privileged and leave the rest of us lagging behind…We cannot have gatekeepers who tell us what we can and cannot do and where we can and cannot go online.”
This is especially helpful to Startups. They can be confident that their ability to become the next big thing will not be stalled by their website’s upload speed because as we know website upload speeds greatly impact bounce rate, traffic, and SEO.
We are hopeful that net neutrality will not only help our own site, but that of our clients whom are small business owners who deserve a fair shake in the online arena, as other influential companies such as Apple and Amazon. We want our clients’ videos to stream at the same speed as other companies and for responsively designed sites to load at the same rate of speed on desktop as they do on mobile.
The power of technology should be limitless no matter where on the income level you may fall.