Despite over 20 states’ lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), net neutrality will officially cease to exist on June 11, CNN reports. The decision was handed down by the FCC’s chairman, Ajit Pai, who referred to net neutrality’s original guidelines as “unnecessary and harmful internet regulations.” Pai plans to restore “the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for nearly 20 years.”
This occurrence has been the talk of Capitol Hill’s town since December. Petitions and protests to protect the internet against corporations’ potential monopoly of a free web have remained consistent. Implemented by the Obama administration in 2015, net neutrality restricted corporations like your current cellular provider from manipulating the speed of your internet or restricting access to certain websites.
While the FCC’s repeal will affect many in the United States, independent artists will also feel the sting since they rely heavily on an open access web. In a previous interview with VIBE, singer/songwriter DAWN shared her thoughts on what her indie career will face with this repeal.
“Everything from merchandise to tours to ticket sales, everything is based off of a free web where we can have access to touch and agree with our fan base,” DAWN said. “The moment you take that away, we lose half, if not a large amount, of our entire fan base because a lot of people don’t want to do that much effort or take that much time to pay all these different avenues to get to their favorite artists. If you thought it was hard for us now, it would be extremely difficult.”