June 11 isn't just the day that IHOP reveals what IHOb means: It's also the day that net neutrality is officially no more, a move put in place by a December FCC vote. The Obama-era rule forced internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast and AT&T to treat all internet traffic equally, meaning they couldn't slow or block consumers' access to certain sites or charge companies more for quicker delivery of their content (Burger King explained the concept via this ad for a $26 Whopper). Here's what you need to know:
- "Catastrophic or inconsequential?" Which will it be? If you're in the camp that believes we've just ushered in the former situation, Fast Company offers four moves you can make to insulate yourself from potentially negative effects. Its recommendations involve subscribing to a virtual private network (VPN) and switching to an ISP that has come out in support of net neutrality, and it points you to resources that outline your options on these fronts.
- "Day 1 of a worse internet:" So reads the headline of April Glaser's piece for Slate. She writes that ISPs now just have to reveal they might throttle speeds in their terms of service in order to do so, and that leads to a recommendation: "Be on the lookout Monday and over the next few weeks for notices from your internet service provider with changes to your terms of service. If you get an email from Comcast saying it's updated its policies, don't immediately delete it. Take a look: Nestled inside may well be the first strikes against net neutrality."