The internet as we know it is open and free for anyone to use as long as you have an ISP (internet service provider), but the debate whether Net Neutrality should exist has angered the community. As the internet continues to grow new regulations are necessary. Net Neutrality is the concept that, regardless of size, power, money, or even the relation ships that website’s have with certain ISPs, all data is treated equally by them and will not discriminate against virtual activity like P2P (peer-to-peer communication). Comcast in 2007 did exactly that, it blocked internet traffic to certain sites that utilises P2P communication – NBC News, click here.
So why is it so important that we must have and respect Net Neutrality? Because if we don’t then ISPs are subject to favouritism, therefore amounting to diminishing innovation and giving larger corporations more power, more money and more control. I am personally paying an internet service provider to access the internet which they do not run, own and must not control. You are too by viewing this blog! It will then be unfair for them to tell me how to use it, regardless of my activity. It’s like buying a bike from somewhere and they tell you how to ride it, where to ride it and what tricks you can do on it and so on.
If Net Neutrality didn’t exist ISPs would form much tighter bonds and relationships with other large businesses and corporations such as within the film industry, bankrupting other smaller businesses, hurting particular country’s economies. Net Neutrality is extremely important to eCommerce businesses as it relies heavily on internet access and page loading times for their sales. If ISPs will be allowed to sell higher or lower internet speeds to the internet, this will benefit companies that are already larger and more financially stable, ultimately resulting to chaos because large corporations will continue to have more and more control over this planet. By reducing their competition within the industry this will give rise to higher prices for consumers.
ISPs could potentially limit our bandwidth depending on whom we may speak to, the content we see and hear, and the data we have access to. They could in theory limit our future children’s learning by limiting internet connection they have as a lot of children now are so mesmerised by the internet and so are doing a lot of their own browsing, reading and exploration on the web at home on their tablets and other mobile devices. Where is the idea of us being free if ISPs are trying limiting our bandwidth? The internet is OPEN and for EVERYONE