WHAT IT IS
- Net Neutrality: A principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat all data from every content provider uniformly.
- Net Neutrality results in access to all programs and applications with no blocking of content regardless of the content provider.
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under Chairman Ajit Pai, is planning to undo net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama Administration.
WHY IT MATTERS
Without net neutrality rules, ISPs can choose whether or not to comply with open and free internet principles. Without government regulation, ISPs would be free to obstruct or slow down consumer access to any web content, impacting the user experience.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- May 7, 2017: John Oliver (HBO, Last Week Tonight) called for viewers to comment their opinion on the FCC’s website, causing the website to crash.
- Tech companies met with the FCC to fight against the dismantling of net neutrality.
- Internet Privacy Gone?: FCC has also repealed online privacy protections put in place by the Obama Administration; ISPs can now track and sell online individual’s information without consent of the consumer.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Verizon stated in 2014 that the net neutrality rules won’t affect the company’s investments.
- How much control should the government have over the world wide web and how much should left at the discretion of the businesses?
- How would the change in regulations on net neutrality affect your “Netflix and chill”/ overall internet experience?