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?