The End of Net Neutrality

I recently learned about something called Net Neutrality in my Mass Media class. It is basically the term for giving everyone who has access to the internet an equal experience whether it is by the government or the Internet provider. This year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is giving Net Neutrality a second look in hopes of allowing Internet providers to offer their customers faster data streaming. What does this mean for internet users? Well, not everybody will get equal access to the same things anymore. Since big telecommunication companies are partnering up or buying each other out, unless you can afford this change, then you will be pretty much be left out. Allowing people access to faster and better internet is one thing, but blocking out data or purposefully making the internet slower for others seems completely unfair to me.

What are your thoughts?

Here is a video that is entertaining and helps explain this new movement.

 

Ana Fernandez

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2 thoughts on “The End of Net Neutrality

  1. First I want to say I’ve discussed this, though much less in-depth, as well in my Digital Rhetoric English class, but your post helped explain it to me a lot more clearly. I agree with you in that I think ending Net Neutrality, at least completely, is unfair to the average Internet/cable user, especially at this stage of the game. As my professor in my other class talked about, what’s happened is that these providers seemed to be waiting for us all to grow dependent on Internet connection, not just at home but on mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and so on, before making this leap into having to pay for decent service or access to data. If you think about a site like Google suddenly charging for its services, so many aspects of people’s daily lives would be affected – aside from simply web browsing at home or on a mobile, people use Google for email, maps and directions, sharing and editing documents, photos, and so many other services – people have come to rely on it for everything while free, and will basically be forced to pay for those same services because they now can’t function without them. And like the video mentioned, this seems especially unfair when these companies have little incentive to be creating cost competition with each other either.

  2. What makes the internet so successful is that anyone can go online and have the same experience as anyone else. I can Tweet the same way that Kim Kardashian tweets. It’s the same experience, she just gets a thousand retweets afterward. The internet levels the field when it comes to someone’s ability to be social and share their ideas. Remember when it used to be called the Word Wide Web? I think that is a term we should try and hang onto going forward. The internet needs to be a connective tool, and this talk of altering individual access is just counterproductive and manipulative. To think that these corporations are fishing us all into paying for their services…it’s horrific but totally possible. It’s like when Netflix nearly doubled their prices a year or two ago, and everyone just paid more because they couldn’t bear to lose their Netflix access. We need to be careful about how these corporations control our access to information, or we’ll find ourselves in a very different situation indeed.

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