Net Neutrality

What is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality describes the idea that Internet service providers and governments should treat all of your Internet traffic, or packets of data the same way, equally.

Importance of Net Neutrality:

The internet and web activity is at the highest it has ever been and displays no signs of falling anytime soon, therefore as so many people are using the web for a variety of reasons e.g. Work, File Transferring or for Social reason there is a need for the net to stay neutral. If the net does not stay neutral it means popular social networking sites such as YouTube will have a charge, this will then limit the users that are able to visit the site. The additional price idea could be set upon many different sites not just social media.


Pros on Net Neutrality:

  • No Throttling: Currently, Internet Service Providers can’t change the download or upload transfer rates depending on what people are accessing.
  • No Restrictions: Currently, there are no restrictions on what parts of the Internet that people can access, except for what local governments decide. For example, there are no restrictions or preferences over emailing, file sharing, instant messaging, blogs, etc.
  • Capitalism: Net Neutrality promotes a level playing field for competing companies, and allows start-ups easier access to new potential customers. Net Neutrality is equated to a free market.
  • No Censorship: There are no restrictions on what or how much anyone can upload or download besides connection rates.

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