Net Neutrality: The Cliff Notes

Net Neutrality: The Cliff Notes

Author: Glenn "Caz" Cazenave/Thursday, December 14, 2017/Categories: Policy, Domestic, Entertainment, In Brief

Net Neutrality can be explained using a few simple examples, just follow along.

 

Up until today, Dec. 14, 2017, when you browsed the internet or watched a video or uploaded your digital photos to CVS, the speed only depended on two things: 1. The speed of your connection and 2. The speed of the server you were reaching.

 

Is your internet provided by:

  • Verizon Fios,
  • Comcast Xfinity,
  • AT&T U-Verse,
  • CenturyLink Prism,
  • Fios from Frontier,
  • Google Fiber,
  • Charter,
  • Suddenlink,
  • Cox Communications,
  • Mediacom,
  • RCN or someone else?

If so, they can now decide how fast your connection speed is to your pictures, videos or music.

 

If you go to the grocery store to buy Coca-Cola, but maybe your store has a special deal with Pepsi. Oh! They will still sell you a Coke, but only in a smaller more expensive can. You would have no real choice. Even worse, what if Pepsi had the same deal with EVERY store?

 

With the repeal of Net Neutrality, Comcast or Charter can now decide to cut a special deal with Amazon Video to move very fast, while Netflix barely streams and then pauses every 30 seconds to buffer.

 

If you want to sell homemade jewelry on a website and Amazon decides that you are real competition, they could tell AT&T to prioritized Amazon.com and cripple yourjewelrystore.com.

 

A small but current example is T-Moble Wireless. If you use their service, your data will not be deducted while you are watching Netflix on your phone. However, if you watch the same amount of Youtube videos will use all your high-speed data or pay extra. The obvious incentive is to watch Netflix. T-Mobile doesn't do this out of the goodness of their hearts. There is money behind everything.

 

Verizon or Charter can now create fast lanes and slow lanes on the Information highway and charge for the express lane.

 

That's the explanation, in brief.

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