Net Neutrality – A BIG concern

Net Neutrality 101:

The government and ISP’s are negotiating how content (namely streaming services [Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.) and high volume file distribution [Gigabytes of files]) are accessed over the internet. Directly or indirectly, the increase in streaming services and cloud applications are clouding up the current network infrastructure in the US. The US while ahead of some, is well behind other countries in regards to the level of quality and speed of the internet, something we should be a leader in.

My View:

I’m a techie guy. I don’t have a lot of opinions about many political things, but this is something that strikes a chord with me. It’s something that can completely change the future, more so than many things of the past that were expected to change today. Our world relies on technology and it’s only getting a stronger grip every year. The problem with the article referenced is that it is likely an underlying development for building a case in cooperating with ISP’s. It’s likely that they’ll classify broadband as a higher-speed, more expensive service that favors big businesses, and then introduce a “consumer” classification, or something close to it. This, after I read an article that indicates in areas in which Google Fiber is available TW is increasing speeds (still no where near GF) at no extra charge (up to around 100mb from the 10s, 20s, 50s, we are used to in our area) in an attempt to retain customers. TW a monopoly business, is now falling back on their heals as GF rises as a competitor along with local governments who are building their own Fiber networks (in some cases it becomes illegal for local governments to do so). It’s time for ISP’s/businesses to become honest. I’m not saying it’s an easy job to moderate the internet, but it needs a lot of work and you should be concerned. Examples: How about online education? Online classes consist of numerous amounts of video for presentations and lectures. Tuition will go up. How about the medical field? Doctors rely on video captured for analyses of health concerns. Healthcare costs will go up. All of you enjoying your smartphones. Data caps will be limited. These are a small factor of the numerous scenarios in which streaming video and file distribution are indirectly a necessity of life. What can you do? Google a bit about it and build your own perspective. Think about what your telecommunications provider offers you and the service you’ve been provided by them. Find out what others are offering around the US and other countries and build your theory. Take that and add a comment @ http://www.fcc.gov/comments and address politicians.

References:

http://news.yahoo.com/fcc-asks-whether-broadband-mean-faster-internet-speeds-175352989–finance.html
http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2358039/learning-lessons-net-neutrality-and-the-future-of-online-education