TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Your internet experience could change drastically in a few weeks.
On Dec. 14 the FCC will vote on whether or not to repeal net neutrality.
This rule keeps internet service providers from slowing down, blocking or charging more for certain websites to be displayed faster.
KMVT reached out to local providers Cable One and CenturyLink.
Cable One did not return a request for comment, but a press release on their website says, in part:
“We've always been committed to an open internet that gives you the freedom to be in charge of your online experience. And that will not change. We firmly stand by that commitment, because it is good for our customers and good for our business.”
KMVT asked CenturyLink how this could impact the customer and whether a repeal would mean rates would go up.
They responded in an email saying:
“The internet has flourished without heavy-handed regulation, with record investment and unprecedented growth. Starting in 2015, the industry’s investment began to drop, due to the FCC’s decision to apply outdated Title II telecommunication rules to the internet. Now, the FCC is taking steps to reverse its heavy-handed regulation of the internet. We applaud this action.
CenturyLink continues to support an open internet so that our customers can access any legal content from the device of their choice.”
On Monday more than 200 businesses across the country wrote a letter to FCC chairman Ajit Pai urging him not to vote away net neutrality.
“The current rules provide the protections necessary to protect net neutrality and ensure the internet remains a free and open marketplace that encourages innovation and supports robust competition.”
Two Idaho businesses signed the letter – Pampered Princess in McCammon and RB Creative Services in Boise.
Some big names on the letter were Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy, and Airbnb.