Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality basically means that all Internet service providers (ISP’s) as well as governments should treat all data on the Internet equally. This would mean that they cannot differentiate between networks and thus would have to transport all data in exactly the same way. It means that only one single fee would be paid for each bit of data and nothing more – creating a “free” Internet. Net Neutrality leaves consumers in complete control of their choices without letting ISP’s steering the consumer towards certain services. It would seem that nearly all consumers and websites would be for Net Neutrality due to it creating an open and “free” Internet that is left from corporate control – leaving the ISP’s with no say over how and in what way the content is provided to the consumers. An example of how the ISP’s have discriminated over the Internet is when the company Netflix had to pay Comcast, an American ISP, to improve the speed at which their services, movie and television streaming, reached the consumer. The ISP’s themselves seem like the only major factor that would be against Net Neutrality as they can make a massive amount of money charging customers for extra data handling and various other aspects. Overall, Net Neutrality should be put in place completely, not only just within the UK but also the world to create a free and open Internet for the people; it is our right as humans for this freedom.

http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality, 2015. Available from: http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality [Accessed from 4/10/2015]

http://www.whitehouse.gov/net-neutrality, 2015. Available from: https://www.whitehouse.gov/net-neutrality [Accessed from 4/10/2015]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31638528, 2015. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31638528 [Accessed from 4/10/2015]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31748592, 2015. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31748592 [Accessed from 4/10/2015]

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