Net Neutrality Obama

Sydney Comber, Megan Fitzgerald, Chris Piterski

The main players in the issue with net neutrality are the large companies (who sometimes block customers from blocking or slowing down legal content, the Federal Communications Commission, and the opposing sides who favor or oppose open internet.  Obama feels that a free and open internet should be open to all consumers, and the FCC needs to adopt the most strict rules in order to prevent companies from blocking or slowing down legal content.  With net neutrality, any blog or website is available online, and it also promotes innovation and competition.  It ensures that large companies do not have advantages over small startups and that google cannot pay faster access for its websites.  On the other hand, the internet service providers have less money to spend on upgrading their networks.  Also, some people argue how easily accessible leg and age sensitive material would be.

This issue impacts regular Americans today because everyone who goes online, does so through an ISP.  Without specific regulated rules, large companies, such as Comcast and Verizon, could handpick which content is easiest for consumers to access.  As a result, consumer access to specific online content could slow down or speed up.  The FCC voted to enact the Net Neutrality, ensuring that IPS’s cannot blocking or slowing some content while offering faster service for those willing to pay.

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Looking ahead on this issue, the plan of net neutrality and an open internet is smart. Large companies can make money through many other ways besides charging users for “fast lanes” for faster speeds. If the fees were to rise in the future, the competition among the internet websites would decrease, and initiate a disadvantage to companies that do not charge the fee. Keeping the internet free and regulating what companies are allowed to do is in the best interest for our country, and new president Donald Trump may vote against this rule in the future.

The controversy over net neutrality is that all traffic on the internet should be treated equal. This means that internet providers cannot block or slow down services or applications that you use over the web. Providers are not able to add an extra fee to companies like Netflix because of the amount of bandwidth they use. These fees are called “fast lanes”. Simply put, A broadband provider can’t block lawful content, applications, services or nonharmful devices.

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