'The next Netflix is going to be in a really disadvantaged market place'
EUGENE, Ore. - Stephen Parac of XS Media is concerned for the future of the internet after the FCC repealed net neutrality on Thursday.
"All content should be treated equally," Parac said.
It was a 2015 Obama era FCC policy that kept all web traffic at the same speed for all users regardless of provider or content.
But now its repealed, Parac expects larger internet providers to charge it's customers for individual services.
"Maybe I like to use Netflix a lot and I'm on one of the big internet providers," Parac said. "Maybe they put me on an enhanced service and they are going to give you preferred access to have Netflix and then..they are going to charge you like five bucks."
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"The next innovator, the next Netflix is going to be in a really disadvantaged market place," Parac said. "Because they don't have the leverage or the money to play in that kind of arena."
Parac said this is because now that internet providers can control the web speed of specific content like Netflix.
They can charge Netflix for money to keep their speeds high.
Parac said that's something that starter companies may not be able to afford.
"Entrepreneurs and innovators guided the internet far better than the clumsy hands of the government ever could have," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said during the net neutrality repeal.
Pai argues net neutrality is an example of government over reach.
He said competition will blossom from this decision and make the internet even faster.
"We like to deliver internet the way the consumers would want it," Parac said. "So this is really disappointing."
Parac said internet providers now have the upper hand. That includes his own company, XS Media.
But he said he will continue to follow net neutrality rules for the same of the customer.