While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the current Presidential Administration is set on limiting the public’s rights dismantling net neutrality and open Internet protections ensuring that all customers are treated equally by service providers, quite the opposite is taking place in the U.K.
According to the Guardian, the U.K.’s, Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, which is the British equivalent to the FCC has committed to guaranteeing a legal right to at least 10mpbs of high-speed Internet for all homes and businesses in the by 2020.
This announcement was made after on Thanksgiving eve, 2017, FCC successfully repealed the net neutrality rules put into place by the Obama Administration.
Also according to The Guardian, for instance in a county like Portugal, mobile carrier MEO offers regular data packages, but it also offers, for €4.99 a month, 10GB “Smart Net” packages. One such package for video provides 10GB of data exclusively for YouTube, Netflix, Periscope and Twitch, while one for messaging bundles six apps including Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime.
For more on how what the Internet for US citizens could look like in the not so distant future check out the Guardian article which breaks it down just how this may all play out if the FCC plan is carried through and allowed to stand.