Net Neutrality: What Does It Mean?

the words "Net Neutrality: ALL BITS ARE CREATED EQUAL. It's not just a good idea. It ought to be the LAW."

With the FCC’s recent ruling on Internet neutrality the issue of nondiscriminatory internet service has moved from the backburner to the forefront of the minds of every day internet users. Be it for Netflix, YouTube, Streaming music or downloading questionably legal files, net neutrality means equal internet speeds for all.

People who use Verizon in particular have noticed that their internet speed slows considerably when they use services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. Under the concept of net neutrality, this would be illegal. Certain services like HBO GO for example, are blocked in their entirety by certain providers. This too would be illegal.

Earlier today the FCC put forth a plan with the intention that the new laws would prevent internet providers from throttling the internet speeds of their customers, however, the ruling may have paved the way to a deeply segregated internet. People would be changed from internet equals, to users on a “pay-for-priority” system.

Originally the U.S appeals court rejected the FCC’s recommendation on net neutrality rules on the basis that it would not allow users to pay more money for better internet under any circumstances. Only after allowing a small number of pay-for-priority deals did the appeals court approve the new laws. There is some question over whether or not the FCC has the authority to regulate the Internet at all, but the wheels have been set in motion. The Internet – the “network of networks” that connects the world won’t be quite so open anymore.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neutrality

http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-101

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/16/technology/fcc-road-map-to-net-neutrality.html?hpw&rref=business&_r=0

http://www.fcc.gov/document/protecting-and-promoting-open-internet-nprm

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/15/us-usa-internet-neutrality-idUSBREA4C0SF20140515

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One thought on “Net Neutrality: What Does It Mean?

  1. I currently have Verizon and the internet does get slow on wireless when that happens I usually plug in my ethernet to go faster when on streaming sites or if I’m downloading. Verizon even sends letters when downloading free content from certain sites. -_-. I do which the FCC passes that and I hope the internet in general for public use does’n’t get monitored or regulated. Imaging searching what is happening in another country and being banned or not being able to see what is actually happening.

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