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What is Net Neutrality

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Currently, the internet is built on a foundation of net neutrality. What this means is Netflix can send a packet of data to you just as fast as Google can but they cannot send more than their upload limit. When you buy internet you usually get a package with an upload and a download limit.

Mine is 60MBs Download and 13MBs Upload. If you had the same plan that means I can send you 13MB of data per second. Googles upload rate is significantly higher. In fact, it’s so high they had to build their own fiber-optic network. The nice thing about Google is its quick, that’s because to send the keyword is a very small packet of information. So when you look at a service like Netflix that is streaming 4k content to millions of users you start to see how it’s not exactly fair.

The truth is Google came out at a time where internet speeds were very slow and therefore you needed a fast platform to find information. Netflix only exists today because internet speeds have increased so much that now streaming 4k content isn’t a very difficult task.

We already lost a right to privacy this year when Trump repealed regulations requiring an ISP to get consent before they can sell your data to private corporations or governments. 

So where does Net Neutrality come into play? Basically, this would give the ISP's the ability to charge to use services like Netflix more money per packet. They say this would create a fast lane but its a pay to play system, if Netflix has to pay more what do you think will happen to their subscription prices. The ISP's say that they would not do this but its more about the chain reaction this will cause across the internet, creating a fast lane without creating additional lanes means you now have a slow lane. This will make it harder for innovative companies that require faster connections.

So these are our options going forward. 

  1. We get rid of net neutrality and the ISP's will charge Netflix more. This will likely result in higher Netflix premiums and they will shift blame to the ISP's but you won't really have much of a choice when it comes to that, will you? 
  2. We get rid of net neutrality and the residential customers (you and me) will have to pay for a Netflix package to get it. On TOP of that, we will also have our search history sold to marketers or governments by our ISP's and have to pay for a Netflix subscription.
  3. We keep net neutrality and if the ISP's want more money they should invest in more fiber optic networks and 5G LTE technology.

ISP's have what’s called an Oligopoly on the internet because it doesn’t make much sense to run multiple internet platforms everywhere because our country is so big geographically so they are allowed to negotiate territories. If you are fortunate enough to have options in your area you are lucky because most of these territories only have one provider, in some cases the City will even protect the ISP's right to that exclusive area.

ISP's have also been given BILLIONS of taxes payer money to invest in the fiber infrastructure and they didn’t really do much with it. I don't know about you but I work in IT and I have only ever seen fiber internet 2-3 times There is an area in Minneapolis where you can get US Internet for about $100 (I don't think the even got the subsidies). Century link in select areas in the twin cities (over $500 for a basic connection, basically just a marketing scheme claiming they have fiber when you only put it in densely populated and highly lucrative areas). Or in Wisconsin where they require a 5-year commitment and limit your speed to 10mbs. (whats the point of fiber).

There is also a great conflict of interest considering lots of content on the internet is provided by ISP's and their affiliated media websites. This creates a sense of prioritization of their own content over something like YouTube. They will say it’s a good thing because it restricts Fake News, but that leaves us only watching their news scratching our heads. What happens when they do something wrong and nobody reports on it.

The internet is best left with net neutrality, it gives an open opportunity for new and innovative services like Netflix and continues to perpetuate those capabilities of technology globally. The ISP's wish to restrict those capabilities because they pose a threat to their overall profits. The ISP’s and their affiliates also contain Billions of dollars in CIA and Government contracts that means on top of all the world’s most influential media outlets, the vast majority of Internet Service Providers, and the US Governments needs will ultimately come before your own.

Retaining net neutrality is critical to ensuring a free and open internet. Keep costs low. And if ANY regulations should be passed regarding the ISP's it should be to break up the anti-trust between them, the media, and the government. There is too much power in the hands of too few. 

To do more about net neutrality go to https://www.battleforthenet.com/ 


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