When I first heard about Net Neutrality I was confused by the concept, here is some information on what I have come to learn and the current standings in the world. This WILL affect you. Net Neutrality is where Internet Service Providers (ISPs) treat all data equally, but in recent events they have been wanting to revaluate this idea. This way they can be in the middle of you and the data you want to see and allow the paying commercial websites to be brought to you faster than any normal websites.
As it currently stands no flow of data has preference over anything else, it is all considered as bytes which are being used to allow you to do whatever you are doing on the Internet. This could soon change; with the way the Internet is currently set up, rewiring it to make it faster for everyone in the data hungry world would take time and be expensive. To provide a faster net experience most ISPs want to restrict access to mediocre content on the Internet. This way they can offer a ‘fast lane’ for commercialized websites (Who of which are paying the ISPs to do so). Introducing these fast lanes will place limits or ‘speed bumps’ on people who haven’t opted in for the more expensive service so then there is more open bandwidth for the fast lane.
Should these policies go ahead then we will see ourselves having to pay more for the Internet, limits placed on it when viewing non-partnered websites and content being blocked. Without the rule of Net Neutrality this potentially sets up ISPs to cripple any competitors that they don’t like and see that we only get to view what they allow us to.
With our current living we don’t let the electricity companies tell us how to use our electricity. It would be absurd to allow them to offer a more powerful electricity package so we can use more at one time. We treat Watts as Watts and people can use them for whatever they would like to, so why should Bytes be any different? We should be provided the best data speeds for the money we spend and this should remain equal throughout the entirety of the Internet.
Not only will partnered commercial websites be paying ISPs to be priority on our Internet but we will be paying them more for their ‘fast lane’ services. A lot more money will be going to ISPs while they restrict the customer or make them pay more for a less than par Internet service. This might be good for ISPs but is not good for the paying customer.
The FCC has already put forward their policies against Net Neutrality which we will realize in a few months. This is still a continuing battle in the EU where a vote has been held on the 22nd of May.
“The EU should prevent Internet service providers from offering faster connection speeds for specific commercial services (‘Net Neutrality’)” – The current policy
Currently in the EU only the Green Party and Liberal Democrats are trying to keep Net Neutrality, while the rest of the EU parties are against it. The worst part of this is that hardly any people know about this and I have already had to explain this policy to over 10 different people. The world of the Internet as we know it with videos and call conversations at our finger tips is going to rapidly decline. With this already happening with the big powers of the world it may only be a matter of time before this is how the Internet will remain globally.
The article that you have just read could soon be restricted by ISPs and in the long run you will be paying more to view this. Defend Net Neutrality! Thank you for reading, please watch this video here as it is quite informative on the effects of stopping Net Neutrality.