Net neutrality– a phrase having zero meaning to me prior to this blog.
After reading the context and watching the video on Obama’s stance, I still found myself questioning (just a little) what is the point to this? How is my internet is limited? How does this effect me?
So I stumbled upon this video,
which offers a little more palatable insight on the subject.
Net neutrality is good, and something we must strive to maintain as a country. Net neutrality ensures users that they will never be stripped of basic web rights.
Such rights consist of large internet service providers (ISP’s) agreeing not to block any legal web content, throttle services, or provide any unfair “fast lanes”.
Loss of net neutrality could (potentially) be very lucrative for ISP companies! Just think, without net neutrality, businesses could pay ISP’s a x amount of dollars to have their internet services provided at a faster rate than their competition. This, however, would prove to be hazardous. The biggest companies would own rights to the fastest services, leaving our internet experience very limited.
Net neutrality is what allows us to freely explore websites such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc., with ease and convenience. Currently, ISP’s have very little, if any, control over our viewing habits. One instance of limitation exists within cell providers. Almost all data plans are regulated in pricing brackets. Perhaps if the President can persuade the FCC to reclassify internet service under title two of the Telecommunications Act, our internet experiences will remain free, and equal for all, always.
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