TYLER - A Tyler man said the repeal of Net neutrality will take a toll on his business. The FCC's vote to repeal Net neutrality will allow companies like Suddenlink, Verizon and AT&T to speed up, slow down or block certain sites.
"The internet was a level playing field, and all websites were considered the same," said Cody Grace, the owner of Shop Tyler Texas.
It's an online e-commerce site allowing mom and pop shops to buy and sell locally.
Net neutrality protects start-ups by keeping them on a level playing field. When the FCC voted to repeal it, the safety net was taken away.
Now, companies like Verizon can pay money to have certain websites more accessible, and in turn, they can block connections to sites like Grace's.
"There's really nothing I can do. You just have to hope they don't de-prioritize your access."
While East Texans may not see an impact immediately, Grace said it's only a matter of time.
"It's not going to be severe initially. It's going to be severe in years to come, as the internet is more prevalent and as the internet is more required for basic everyday life," he said.
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