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December 20, 2017 The End of Net Neutrality – Should Job Boards be Concerned? Chris Adams, Head of Data and Tech Services

The End of Net Neutrality – Should Job Boards be Concerned?

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a measure to remove the tough Net Neutrality rules it put in place in 2015. The Net Neutrality rules prevent internet service providers from charging websites more for delivering certain services or blocking others that offer competing services.

Supporters of Net Neutrality would argue that, without these rules, internet providers will be able to control traffic in anti-competitive ways. Many internet providers now own content companies and they may seek to boost their own content to make it more valuable.

The FCC chair Ajit Pai said the current rules had impeded innovation “We are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for much of its existence.” He responded to claims that removing the rules would damage the internet but calling them “outlandish”.

But, as a job board owner, should you be concerned?

In the short term, the answer is no. This vote has only just happened, and it will take a few months for the FCC to make its adjustments to the rules and file them with the Federal Register. Only at that point will Net Neutrality officially be over, and the new rules apply. It’s unlikely that at that point we will see great swathes of the internet being switched off.  

The biggest impacts of these rules will be on large scale consumers of internet traffic, such as video streaming services, like Netflix or, in the UK, the BBC iPlayer. These services consume a large amount of internet bandwidth and cost internet providers dis-proportionally.  We’re likely to see new packages that charge consumers differently based on the types of services they use, so bandwidth hungry consumers can expect to pay more for video services, for example.

We often hear that internet providers are looking to provide a fast lane and a slow lane, where companies who can afford to pay have their content routed through the fast lane. Whilst this is a real possibility, you have to look at the end experience for the consumer. Providing access to a broken web will not provide a good end-user experience, and in a competitive market it’s highly unlikely that an internet provider will be able to provide a poor service for a sustained period of time.

It’s also a possibility that we may see some of the global tech giants intervene. With the likes of Google and Facebook being advocates for Net Neutrality, it’s not inconceivable that these big players could disrupt the ISP market to ensure a continuing fair playing field for all web users.

If you’re a Madgex job board, your site is hosted on Amazon Web Services. In response to the FCC rules Amazon Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels tweeted "We'll continue to work with our peers, partners and customers to find ways to ensure an open and fair internet that can continue to drive massive innovation.”   

We’re sure the future of job boards on the internet remains bright and these changes are unlikely to have any detrimental effects on your sites.  Madgex customers, you can be confident that they’re partnered with a company that’s working hard with its hosting partners to ensure that job boards continue to benefit from an open and fair internet.  

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