Net neutrality is a restriction on internet service providers (like Comcast or AT&T) that prohibits them from discriminating based on content: they can't restrict some websites to certain service plans or slow down other websites for competition reasons. Without net neutrality regulations, they may be able to do so. In Portugal, for example, there are no net neutrality regulations. There, the websites you can access depend on the plans you choose (much like a cable TV provider). The "basic" plan may include Facebook, but not Skype or Pinterest. The middle plan may include all those three, but no Spotify or YouTube. You have to pay more depending on which websites you wish to access. Additionally, a provider like Comcast could now slow down Netflix and Hulu and speed up its own streaming services. We take it for granted here in the U.S. how we only pay for speed and data and have unlimited access to websites (save on a work or school network), but now we may also be paying for specific content. On December 14th, the FCC will vote on whether to abandon Obama-era net neutrality regulations and it is expected to pass. While we may not end up with a Portugal-like situation, it would now be a possibility.
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