Published By : 13 Jul 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Net neutrality has been catching fire again since an ongoing debate that went underway in 2010. Proponents of net neutrality, viz. Netflix, Facebook, and Google, alongside several internet companies and activists had teamed up Wednesday to coordinate an Internet-wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality. The day of action had aimed at dodging away the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rollback of protections and defending net neutrality. Basically, any firm that depends on the internet to conduct business has been expected to advocate net neutrality.
ISPs to Bank on Fast Lanes and Additional Fees?
The future of net neutrality has been foreseen to be marred as internet service providers (ISPs) eye a substantial profit base by charging additionally for bypassing slower bandwidth or accessing ‘fast lanes.’ ISPs could also charge extra for accessing certain websites, which ideally should not be the case under net neutrality that disallows deliberate slowing down of websites or blocking their content.
The fear of the web being broken down into two, i.e. slower edition for general users and faster edition for large companies that could afford to pay extra for fast lanes, has been predicted to be one of the major reasons for the support of net neutrality.
Smaller Companies, Startups Pin Hopes on another Vote
Despite the support for net neutrality, there has been a far cry from supporters of the FCC’s rollback. According to them, rollback of net neutrality protection could help with more swift and efficient connection by charging users of biggest bandwidths such as YouTube and Netflix that make the efficiency and overall functionality of the internet sluggish. The other angle that rollback supporters have portrayed is that the termination of net neutrality could discontinue illegal downloading of media and content from websites such as BitTorrent.
With Ajit Pai, the FCC chair, vigorously seeking to repel net neutrality guidelines, the situation has become difficult especially for smaller startups that cannot afford the ISP fees. However, the final decision will be dependent on another vote later this year.