If we lose the battle to maintain net neutrality it could stifle competition amongst businesses online with the only companies remaining being the ones who can afford to pay premiums to broadband service providers for prioritization. Technologies like packet shaping (not necessarily a bad technology depending on what it is used for) are paving the way for such discrimination. Small businesses will find it more difficult to compete, as the lack of net neutrality will pose as yet another barrier to entry that they must overcome. Large businesses will be impacted also. Broadband service providers could favor one business over another. In some cases, if the broadband service provider offers a similar service they will have the ability to prevent competitors from reaching potential consumers. Even well established businesses aren't safe. Not only are we hurt as individual content providers ourselves (forget sharing your own videos, podcasts, other content); worse is the damage to us as consumers. You and I will no longer be able to choose what content we view and what applications we use on Internet. Our broadband service providers will be making these choices for us.
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