The term ‘Net Neutrality’ keeps getting the spotlight from news publishers from time to time. While you see everyone on your timeline sharing articles on net neutrality or asking people to sign petitions to stop lawmakers from ending net neutrality. What does Net neutrality actually mean and does this have anything to do with the way you use the Internet? Well, all your questions will be answered in this article.
Net Neutrality basically means that different internet service providers are prohibited from regulating the page loading speed times, content that a user sees, web pages that one can access, and content that one can download. The principle is to allow an individual to freely access any application and content regardless of the source. That is, without the internet service provider giving certain advantages to specific websites or online services.
Should You Care?
The internet won’t be the same if net neutrality is ruled out. All the major ISP’s like Verizon, AT&T and many more could actually decide what content you get to see on the internet. They could decide how fast websites load, they can decide which websites are made available to you, they could block certain applications, and they could charge you extra fees to the few content companies that could afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service. It’s as good as smashing the Open Internet.
It could badly affect new startups and other organizations who side with the citizens. For example, big companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter could pay these ISP’s so that their websites load faster and more reliably compared to their competitors. New startups, on the other hand, would not be able to purchase priority access from these ISP’s and hence suffer.
Now you know why should support net neutrality and how big a difference will it make. Go ahead, spread the awareness, and sign those petitions supporting net neutrality.