Experience a Web without Net Neutrality in Chrome

Removal of Net Neutrality Simulator is a free browser extension for Google Chrome that lets you experience the Web without Net Neutrality.

The extension has been designed to show to anyone who installs the extension, but specifically Internet users from the United States, how their own Internet experience might be impacted if Net Neutrality is terminated.

This extension shows you what the ramifications of this decision would be by slowing all websites except for “sponsored sites”, and blocking content those sites’ competitors’ websites.

With Net Neutrality, all Internet traffic is equal. What this means is that Internet Service Providers (or governments) may not prioritize or regulate traffic based on criteria such as content, service, users or means of communication.

Without Net Neutrality, ISPs could ask companies to pay up for fast connectivity, slow down connections to competing companies, or even block traffic to sites or services entirely.

Removal of Net Neutrality Simulator

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Removal of Net Neutrality Simulator is a Chrome extension that tries to simulate a Web in which Net Neutrality does not exist.

If you break it down to the core, you will experience the following: some sites will load quickly like they have before, others won’t, and you will spend more time loading those sites. Finally, you may notice that you cannot access some sites at all anymore.

The Chrome extension needs to run in the background for it to work on all sites you open in the web browser. Chrome displays a notification on top of any page you open in the browser: “Removal of Net Neutrality Simulator” is debugging this browser.

You can click on cancel to stop the extension from doing that, or click on the x-icon instead to hide the notification. Note that it will come back though once you start to load more sites in the browser.

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You may get error messages on select sites. These have been selected for maximum impact it appears, and include the likes of YouTube and Wikipedia.

While you only get a notification on Wikipedia, the YouTube page states that the site does not work properly, and that users should use Vimeo instead.

Verdict

Removal of Net Neutrality Simulator has been designed to demonstrate to Internet users what the termination of Net Neutrality could mean. The developers have picked popular sites for maximum effectiveness, and most users would probably agree that an Internet like this is not desirable at all.

The extension may install in other Chromium-based browsers such as Vivaldi or Opera as well, and may work in Firefox on top of that.

This is not something that you want to run for a prolonged period of time, but that you may use to educate users on the concept of Net Neutrality.

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