Net Neutrality Debate

Net neutrality is debated by two sides. There are people who agree with net neutrality, and there are people who do not agree with net neutrality. Some people believe they are being protecting by net neutrality, while other people think that the net neutrality rules put too much regulation on the internet. The net neutrality rules force service providers to have the same speed of downloads for all websites. Also, the rules make sure that companies cannot pay to get faster speeds. The goal of the net neutrality rules is to keep the internet free and available for everyone.

Net neutrality rules prevent large companies from deciding if certain websites get faster speeds or not. Smaller companies are protected by these net neutrality rules because they do not have to worry about competing with larger companies. Many smaller companies would suffer without the net neutrality rules because they do not have the available money to pay for faster speeds. Customers of smaller companies and companies like Netflix benefit by the net neutrality rules also. If prices for faster speeds were raised for Netflix, that cost would be pushed to the consumer. Consumers do not want to pay higher rates for services. Companies who support the net neutrality rules are Sprint, T-Mobile, and Google Fiber. Tim Berners-Lee and Steve Wozniak even support the Federal Communications Committee on their rules.

Not everyone agrees with the net neutrality rules. Republicans think that the rules made by the Federal Communications Committee will cause the internet to be regulated too much. They do not want one organization to make the rules for speeds of the internet. Fred Upton, a Republican, proposed a bill that has net neutrality rules in it. He proposed this bill so the Federal Communications Commission would not be involved with the internet. Robert McDowell, a FCC Commissioner, even has issues with the net neutrality rules. Robert McDowell thinks that people could begin to want more internet regulation. More internet regulation could include preventing service providers from limiting data downloaded by one person. Clogged networks and slower speeds could be caused by not having limits on amounts of downloaded data. Companies that do not support the net neutrality rules are AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast.

I think the net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission are good rules for the general public and the internet. The rules allow people to continue to watch what they want without having to pay for faster speeds. The net neutrality rules make sure that everyone has free access to the internet. They allow smaller companies to continue to survive without having to compete with larger companies. Without smaller companies, consumers would lose out on unique products not offered by larger companies. What do you think of net neutrality rules? Do you think they are a good or a bad idea?

Source:

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/03/02/what-net-neutrality-means-for-netflix-xbox-and-skype

 

 

3 thoughts on “Net Neutrality Debate

  1. I feel that net neutrality rules put a damper on business activity. Businesses are always looking for a competitive advantage and I think the internet is a good way for companies to be able to distinguish themselves. Faster internet speeds would make those companies more attractive to consumers because consumers might want to choose visiting a certain website over others because they are more responsive. This could benefit the consumer because they would be able to use the sites more quickly.

  2. I personally believe that the net neutrality rules are beneficial to both the Internet and its users because as mentioned in the article, these regulations prevent large corporations from having too much power over the Internet, and they protect consumers from overpaying for particular services. I disagree with the Republicans about the idea of too much regulations because if there are no price regulations, large corporations would have too much power over the market, which would make the industry similar to that of an oligopoly. However, I feel there is something in today’s market that sort of contradicts the idea of net neutrality: if service providers are not allowed to charge extra money for faster speeds, how come consumers are charged different rates for different Internet speeds? Some services are more expensive and slower than services provided by other companies.
    Here is an interesting debate on net neutrality:
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-net-neutrality-debate-in-2-minutes-or-less/

  3. Rules made by the FCC this year had supporters of Net Neutrality excited, as they claimed that online streaming providers would not be able to be charged higher prices by carriers which theoretically meant prices would not increase for their services. Netflix began paying Internet Service Providers in 2014 to make their sites prioritized in order to ensure customer’s content quality, but these new rules make it illegal to strike such deals with ISPs. Now that these providers had one less main cost, prices were expected to drop-however they did not, as just one week ago Netflix raised their base subscription price by 11%. Net Neutrality rules are difficult to monitor, control and predict, leaving us in a questionable time period when the topic is so highly debated. Attached is an image showing the three sides of viewpoints on Net Neutrality http://innlink.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/netneutrality.jpg

    For Further Information see: http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2015/10/09/netflix-sports-and-the-big-net-neutrality-lie/

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