Many of us might be hearing the term Net neutrality for the first time. Net neutrality is actually the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same and doesn’t differentiate or allege differently by user, content, website, platform, and application. In no way, the companies should deliberately block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.
Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003, coined this term as an addition to the established notion of a communication carrier that used to describe the role of telephone systems. It was not a new communication carrier and these are even centuries before. Net neutrality is enforced by the Federal Communications Commission. The basic principle was set by the Obama administration way back in 2015 but it seems that in trump’s reign, his puppets are going in for a repeal and FCC voted to kill Net Neutrality, it means that we might have to pay extra for whichever site, we are using, some of the sites might be blocked and even some sites will be slow down. The principle is in opposition to a “closed Internet” helps providers restrict access to content or use “traffic shaping” to degrade access to specific web services. As of now Right now, consumers control what they see online, not Internet access providers, but if there are restrictions on net neutrality then there would be no control on what we see. It would be the Internet service providers who decide what we should see and what we shouldn’t see.
It would affect us by the following:
- We can see whatever we want under the sun without any restrictions. If there are restrictions on net neutrality, then, it will be the service providers who decide what we see and what we shouldn’t.
- There wouldn’t be any restrictions on the speed of all websites, if net neutrality is not there, then there will be restrictions on speed of certain sites, in other words, it means certain sites will be slowed down.
- Not all the cities would cost us money. In fact, it is good. If there are no restrictions, then we have to pay for certain sites that we use.
Many people are against Net Neutrality whereas some others are for Net Neutrality. It’s up to us to decide whether to support it or not and the results vary accordingly.