What is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers should not favor, charge, slowdown or block some sources from consumers and give consumers access to content on equal basis. If net neutrality was not active internet providers like Comcast could charge popular and mainstream websites like YouTube a fee to give consumers good access to their website or else they would slow down our access to YouTube.

Who is Against Net Neutrality and Reasons?

The main stakeholders in the net neutrality debate are Internet Service Providers like Comcast, AT&T, Cox and Verizon. These companies suited the FCC, stating that they had very strict rules concerning the internet. Internet service providers argued that the FCC were being very strict, going way beyond their jurisdiction allowed by congress, chill on ISPs’ investment in network upgrades and the FCC violated their freedom of “speech” by interfering with how they decide how to carry Internet traffic over their networks. Without net neutrality internet providers could shut their competition and charge website sources some fees to give consumers good access and connection to their websites

What does the Future Hold?

Since the win the FCC has made new rules to better uphold net neutrality and police over suspicious activity. These recent decisions may be a “win” for those who believe in net neutrality and the FCC, but the battle for an open internet is not really over because internet service providers have showed interest in repealing their case again to a higher court like the Supreme Court.

Citation

Fung, Brian. “The Net Neutrality Court Decision, in Plain English.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, June 2015. Web. 10 Sept. 2016.

Press, Free. “Net Neutrality.” Free Press. Freepress, n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2016.

Snider, Roger Yu, Mike, Emily Brown, and Roger Yu. “What Is Net Neutrality and What Does It Mean for Me?” USA Today. Gannett, 27 Feb. 2015. Web. 10 Sept. 2016.

Priscilla Djarbeng

9/12/2016

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