Net Neutrality- What’s it All About

In the 21st century the World Wide Web a.k.a. the Internet is a virtual hub of communication- if you will. Net a neutrality is a movement or principle that seeks to ensure there are no restrictions put in place by an internet service providers, on what an internet users can access online including content, websites, programs, and equipment used to access the web and communicate.

The concern arises from talks about certain about broadband providers to create a tiered system that would change the way individuals’ access and communicate. Currently we all access the Internet at the same level, we all have access to the content on the web that is not legally restricted across the board. Certain institutions are seeking to change that. Instead individuals would be required to pay for certain levels of access. People would have to pay higher amounts of money for access at higher levels. Also certain sites, such as P2P or peer-to-peer sites would be blocked across the board. Access would be more of a fee based service with these with more money having greater access and those with less money being able to access and communicate on a much more restricted level.

Proponents of net neutrality argue that users should be able to have free access to all data, technology, and that without this access; competition and innovation would cease to exist. Opponents of net neutrality argue that people should have the option have a better to have a better Internet; and that allowing people to pay for services at different levels will bring an influx of capital into the Internet will allow for greeter technological innovation. Both sides seem to be operating for the same outcome just thru different modes. One believes it should occur naturally the other via money. For now the Internet remains neutral.

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