Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
Net Neutrality Blocked: What It Could Mean For You
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Members of New York's tech community are reacting with dismay to a federal court ruling that could reshape the Internet.
On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals in Washington blocked a federal effort to guarantee that all kinds of data get equal treatment on their way into your home computer.
Paul Geller worked for the music streaming service Grooveshark, and now creates web apps for a company called The BKRY. He said upstarts will be at a disadvantage, as the Internet becomes more corporate.
"So I'll certainly be working here in New York to educate business leaders and technology leaders here and hopefully get them active on the issue, calling their representatives," Geller said.
It would likely take an act of Congress to restore the doctrine known as "net neutrality."
In this interview, On the Media's Brooke Gladstone explains how Tuesday's decision could hurt consumers, and what changes the average Facebook user or Amazon shopper can expect.
"You may find that your Internet service provider is functioning more like a cable company," she said. "You can pay for a package of services that are different from somebody who isn't paying as much."