Mapping Tool Tells You How Much Choice You Really Have When It Comes to Internet Service Providers
Now that the Federal Communications Commission has voted to roll back net neutrality rules, it might finally be time to shop around for a new internet service provider, or ISP. Making this process easier is a new mapping tool created by location data platform Mapbox, which allows users to browse local ISPs and their available network types.
As Lifehacker reports, the interactive FCC Providers tool uses your address to look up the available ISPs in your region, and whether they offer DSL, cable, fiber, or other varieties of online connectivity. Choices might be limited depending on where you live (more than 70 percent of U.S. residents don’t have access to high-speed internet, or can only receive broadband from a single provider), but it’s still good to know your options—especially if a potential move is in your near future.
For the uninitiated, the repeal of net neutrality rules means that ISPs will soon have free rein to block certain websites, slow down access to them, or charge more for select sites to load faster. Multiple states are suing the FCC in hopes of protecting open internet protections, according to Slate; a preliminary list is available here. Meanwhile, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer recently announced that he plans to force a Senate vote on a bill that would protect net neutrality rules, according to The Hill.