What is net neutrality? Net neutrality is the basic principle that internet service providers(ISPs) cannot discriminate against different websites, application, content, etc. by charging them more for faster internet and/or slowing their internet down.
(Savetheinternet.com) Net neutrality was there for a purpose: to prevent big internet/broadband providers from controlling the way we access and experience the internet. Without net neutrality, the internet will no longer be an unbiased and easy to access source of information. Net neutrality is in the process of being repealed, but we need to fight for a free internet. Net neutrality is good for the internet and all of its user. It protects our freedom of speech on the web, levels the playing field for startup companies, and most of America supports net neutrality. To begin, net neutrality protects our freedom of speech on the internet. This is all ensured by Title ii which makes it so that ISPs are utilities.
When a service is a utility, they cannot discriminate against a user or company. For example, water is a utility that is provided by the Board of Water Supply. They cannot charge you more for more water pressure and give everyone else who doesn’t pay a premium less water pressure. The thing is instead of water, ISPs are moving information and data through their pipes. This makes things different. Without net neutrality, ISPs can control what goes through their pipes and at what speed.
An example would be, if a politician that a ISP doesn’t agree with has campaign advertisements on a website, they could slow down the speed that the ad loads or completely block it. Although the FCC(Federal Communications Commision) says not having net neutrality promotes innovation but, it actually makes the playing field unfair for smaller startups that may not be able to get their innovative product the internet/broadband service that the bigger companies could get (David Pogue). What the FCC is saying is that allowing ISPs to charge customers more would allow them to improve their network and infrastructure. Thus promoting innovation and allowing new things that the internet didn’t have the capacity to handle exist. The problem with this is by charging more for premiums, like I said earlier gives startup companies a disadvantage against big companies such as Google (David Pogue).
For example, say there was a new streaming service that wanted to be able to compete with the big guys by having superior service. But, they don’t have the capital to afford the premium internet speed they need in order to be able to compete with the big companies like Netflix. Finally, According to a poll by the Washington Post, most Americans from both the right and the left do not want net neutrality to be repealed. According to the poll, 75% of Americans agreed with the arguments given by big technology companies and other consumer groups in contrast with the 48% that agreed with the government/FCC’s case.