Te online definition of Net Neutrality is :
- the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.
Net Neutrality has been an open discussion for the past couple of years. Big corporations are pushing to regulate the internet while others are opposing it. At the moment no one owns the internet and its pretty much a free market with little to no interference from the FCC. Tom Wheeler who is the chairman of the FCC proposed plans to regulate the internet and treat it as a” broadband service rather than an information service.” This means that smaller businesses would have to invest more into data and high speed connection between user and their website. Big businesses would have an advantage because they would be able to afford higher speed and more data between user and their website. GOOGLE is all for the regulation … I’m sure you can understand why.
“ The new rules would prevent Internet service providers like Comcast from blocking access to websites, slowing down content, or providing paid fast lanes for Internet service.”
They can afford it as well as want to continue to be the go to search engine. By slowing down the competitors speed more users will want to access GOOGLE instead leading it to more revenue from investors and advertisers.
This is an important topic because this can effect everyone. Imagine how the competition will rise and the importance of receiving quality content drop. It’s already an issue because google and other companies tailor our timelines. Imagine how it would affect us as students trying to access the non profit sites that help us most. It would slow our process down and somehow they will find a way to tax us for the uses of the WWW. I feel like if it isn’t broke there isn’t a reason to fix it. It’s pure greed to me when it comes to Tom Wheeler trying to regulate the internet.
What other ways do you think this can affect us?
Are you for or against net neutrality and why?
AMY GOODMAN Interview about NET NEUTRALITY