Watching paint dry, or the grass grow could possibly be more exciting than learning about net neutrality. For all of you who don’t want to plod through the annals of the Internet like I did to learn about this topic, I’ll try to explain it simply.
What is Net Neutrality?
Currently, everyone is entitled to equal use of the Internet, whether it is for content creation or access. However, there are little to no regulations in place to ensure that cable companies don’t start charging you extra for the use of Facebook, Netflix, or YouTube. So, proponents of net neutrality argue that stronger regulations/ legislation would ensure that Internet service providers don’t restrict or filter the traffic. Sounds good, right?
No, very wrong. Who knows how the new legislation will work, or not work, or worse, be misused? Why bother fixing something that is not broken? Essentially, if net neutrality is put into the wrong hands, it could be used as a tool of Internet censorship or an invasion of privacy.
Breakdown of Net Neutrality
It’s about as exciting as a Nickelback song, but since we are a company based online, the topic is important to us! Here is a quick breakdown on the specifics of net neutrality:
Also called ‘network neutrality’ and ‘Internet neutrality’
- Regulatory concept that eliminates any discrimination of transmission and access to content on the Internet.
- Based on the principle that websites, which provide content and users who access this content are equal, and nobody should be given preferential treatment at the cost of others.
- ESSENTIALLY – EVERYBODY GETS EQUAL ACCESS TO THE INTERNET
Ending Net Neutrality
If the government was to end net neutrality, it would essentially allow big companies to buy their way into the fast lane, leaving everyone else in the slow lane. Internet connections would plummet if you don’t foot the pricey bill and cable companies will have Washington D.C. in their back pocket.
Like John Oliver put it so eloquently, cable companies are like drug lords, they each stays to his or her own area and don’t compete with one another. So, on top of being a drug lord, they are also monopolies in their designated area, with little to no competition.
If you’re interested in voicing your opinion on net neutrality, visit www.fcc.gov/comments.