Net Neutrality Debate

The purpose of this blog is going to be for people to prove me wrong. Yes, you heard me right, prove me wrong. After reading up on the Verizon Communications v. the FCC debate I have come to a stand of my own.

For those of you not familiar with Net Neutrality, do not take this blog as an informational outlet because it is going to be very one sided. But to brush you up on what I am talking about I will give a brief overview. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 gave the FCC authority to regulate Internet service providers as either telecommunication services or information services. In the early 2000’s cable companies argued that they are both. The FCC decided they cannot be both and kept them information services.

Now remember when you were missing channel 4, NBC/CBS on Time Warner Cable? That is because telecommunication companies, or common carriers, do not have to follow the Net Neutrality ruling.

I have come to the conclusion that being fair and being right are sometimes different things. A lot of things in life have become unfair, including life itself. However, I applaud the FCC for trying to keep “fair” alive.

Reasons why Net Neutrality should hang around:

  • Consumers will be the ones to pay- Companies like Netflix may raise their monthly rates in order to get the faster speed to keep up with the competition.
  • Monopolies will be created- It will be very hard for start-ups and providers can block out competitors for other companies.
  • Greed will take over- Economic growth will become the purpose of the Internet just like everything else in this world. Free will become non-existent.
  • If the FCC does not regulate what is going out, large companies will regulate what is coming in- Companies like Verizon will be able to decide what they do and don’t want to deliver. Our options will become limited.

Like I said before. This is just one side. After all, this is a debate. I encourage you to post facts, comments, and thoughts on this topic.

What does this mean for you and me?

-Chelsea Schneider, Marketing Manager

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