You may know the broad basics of the problems and first amendment threats of ending net neutrality. But what does this decision mean for the hobby of sweepstaking?
- Sites not favored by the internet provider could see slower speeds. Waiting for you sweepstakes websites to load may become time consuming, cutting down on the total number of sweepstakes you will be able to enter in a day or an hour.
- In order to get faster speeds, sites may now pay money for that privilege. This could mean that smaller sweepstakes sites, such as low entry sweepstakes and those run by individuals and small companies, will start to disappear. If only large companies with money can afford to run sweepstakes, your entries will be put in a larger pool, cutting back your odds of winning.
- For sweepstakes conglomerate websites and blogs to keep up, free sites will likely no longer be free. They could be forced to charge in order to pay the higher rates for faster speeds. Sweepstakes secret sites for members that already charge a fee, may need to increase fees to keep up. And even after doing this, small sites may still not be able to afford to offer sweepstakes, and smaller sweepstakes sites may disappear.
- It will now be legal for internet providers to block certain tweets. For instance, if someone criticizes them on Twitter using a hashtag, the provider may block that tweet from ever reaching its intended audience. This may eventually trickle down to sweepstakes tweets, again allowing tweets for the larger, high-paying companies, and blocking tweets about smaller companies.
- Maybe one of the scariest parts of ending net neutrality is that Internet companies may now monitor everything you do online and sell that information to advertisers. If you think of how much junk e-mail entering sweepstakes creates, you could now be bombarded with advertisements from companies that bought your demographic information used to enter sweepstakes.
I don’t what to say, except this is a scary time for internet users, whether you are a sweepstaker or not. What are your thoughts?