This topic has been popping up all over the place again so I thought I would see what your take is, as well as give you mine.
The topic is, as stated, net neutrality. Net neutrality has been in the news again since the transition to the Trump administration. The newly appointed FCC commissioner said that he objected to an open internet and wanted to ‘modernize’ policies.
You may not know what it even is, or how it could effect you personally! If so This paragraph is for you. Net neutrality put simply is that internet data should be treated the same across the board. From my understanding the internet service providers and government have been upholding this principle. This means that if you are paying for a certain speed, or bandwidth, that you will get that no matter what you are doing, or where you are going on the internet. Put another way net neutrality prevents provides from dictating what content you can see online.
A while back Comcast, a well know service provider was slowing, or throttling, speeds of people uploading data to file sharing applications. They didn’t stop doing this until the FCC made them stop. This is just one of many ways that net neutrality can be violated. You may be thinking that this doesn’t pertain to you, but as long as you use the internet, I can assure you that it does.
Lets think of a few ways that it could affect you if net neutrality were to go away. Instantly when you are affected by something you assume it is bad, so lets start there.
- You as a consumer would lose all control of the internet, plain and simple.
- The ISP that you pay each month could control what you can and cannot get to online, for any reason.
- The freedom to write what you want online and have anyone in the world read it could be gone.
- This would change everything. Your ISP could block any site that isn’t based in the United States and that would be that.
- The ability to choose where you want to shop online could also disappear.
- Your ISP could have a deal with a certain brand or online store to only promote and allow access to their goods.
- Another example is: You have used a Yahoo email address your whole life, and now your ISP decides to slow all traffic to Yahoo, because they struck a deal with Google. You could have to give that up and go to Gmail.
The list could go on and on. I mean take some time and think about what you would lose the ability to do or see if someone else was in charge of everything. It is pretty scary.
Now for who is on what side Check out this graphic from giplatform.org :
You can see that companies like Amazon, eBay, and Google want to keep net neutrality because they rely on everyone being able to access their services from anywhere at any time. If they had to pay a hefty fee to keep doing so they may not be companies for long.
Then you have AT&T, Comcast , and Verizon who want it gone so they can charge a butt load of money and be in charge of everything you can and can’t do.
What are your thoughts? I am an IT professional and all for net neutrality. The internet was made to be used and everyone should be able to do anything, with in the legal limits. Without it small businesses, bloggers, entrepreneurs, and everyday consumers would have a harder time doing what they set out to do.
Let me know in the comments below how you feel about this issue? Or if you have ever even heard about it?
Thanks for reading! I’ll see you all again tomorrow. 😀 😀