Net Neutrality: Is there a need for an open Internet?

On January 14th, 2014, Net Neutrality ceased to exist in the United States of America. There was a court battle for maintaining it since 2010. As of early this year, Net Neutrality is finished. You’re wondering why the fuss about all this? Why wasn’t this covered in the news as much? What is Net Neutrality? I can answer two out of the three questions. The third question, why wasn’t this covered in the news? I don’t have the answer to that question. I wish I did, but I don’t.

I can answer what is Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is defined as,

“net neutrality is a network design paradigm that argues for broadband network providers to be completely detached from what information is sent over their networks. In essence, it argues that no bit of information should be prioritized over another.”

In layman’s terms the internet should be open and equal to everyone. No broadband provider should have prevent access from websites or charge differently for visiting websites. Since the end of Net Neutrality there have petitions to bring back Net Neutrality. The FCC has attempted to change some rules with Net Neutrality.  The end of Net Neutrality has allowed Internet Providers like Comcast and Version to make deals with certain content providers to pay for a fast lane.

What this means is that companies that make high-profits (Netflix, Amazon, Facebook) will have a fast line. While other companies or websites will be on the slow lane of the internet,  So why am I writing a post like this if it isn’t a prompt? One reason is that this affects the entire internet and consumers. Customers who have the major Internet Service Providers may have to pay more for the websites they like.

Everything becomes open game to slow or speed up the content you want. The end of Net Neutrality can hurt small businesses. The IM conversation you’re having with a friend on your favorite social media site, that conversation may get slowed down and you won’t know what’s going on. The download for an e-book you purchased online can slow down as well. Schools and universities aren’t safe from this as well. All the activity on the internet will be affected with no Net Neutrality.

What can be done? There are two options you can do.  With the articles I’ve posted and the input I’ve given, what do you think? Should there be Net Neutrality? Do you think the Internet needs to be itself, a single entity? Let me know in the comments.




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