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The biggest thing that non-US people need to be worried about is how this will affect content creators, especially if you use sites like this or Tumblr or Youtube or really any sort of content site. If this passes, content creators especially are going to be hecked over, and not even just US ones. As someone gave an example to me, most YTers outside of the US still tend to have a relatively large US fanbase if they're an English speaker, but if this passes, they're going to get less people watching their videos from that region, which will overall affect how much ad revenue they get, ESPECIALLY if they've made it into their job. This is just one example of how this could affect the world at large, though I believe primarily it will be English speakers effected.Not only that, but losing Neutrality could also lead to more controlled content, especially when it comes to things like news. I'd love to believe ISPs wouldn't do that, but let's face it, with the current state of the US, it really is possible. They'd simply make "bad" news sites far slower and make "good" news sites faster.I'm legitimately scared about this.
The ad revenue part is a fair point -- I wonder why companies with huge bargaining power would allow any part of this to happen? Surely giants like Google, YouTube, etc know it'll be terrible for business if its more difficult for Americans to access the internet. YouTube especially relies on American audiences and creators (as a hub for media worldwide)--they get their fair cut of revenue from creators as well, so you'd think that they'd stop it in its tracks. If something like the Christian Lobby has so much power over politics in the US then surely mega corporations do as well
I guess they figure that the revenue from forcing people to up-pay will balance that out, since they're the ones gunning for it. Either that, or they just don't care, and considering all the garbage with how ad-friendly stuff is being controlled right now, as well as how Fair Use is treated, the idea of them simply not caring seems far more likely.
Just one more bit of crony capitalism to come out of the US as if enough hadn't already.
Websites like Google, YouTube, Reddit, Facebook and Amazon are actually against it. They know will lose money to this, so theyre trying to make awareness
! ! Thank u for saying this