The issue with Net Neutrality for me when the issue was first being discussed was trying to understand exactly what the problem was. In short, Net Neutrality is a standard (that we have today) that requires Internet backbones and providers to provide equal access to all users. Media companies as well as broadband providers have an interest and a desire to start placing “tolls” to gain the fastest speed between their networks. The FCC has opened up the public commentary period before they issue a final decision as to whether they will protect Net Neutrality or let corporations decide who can access their content.
John Oliver explains Net Neutrality perfectly in this and has a pretty compelling call to action.
The real-world impact on abandoning Net Neutrality would be all of the following:
- Video providers (YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc.) would have to pay substantial costs to deliver the same video quality.
- Consumers would pay additional costs to consume content … artificially.
- Entrepreneurs and new content providers would have a strategic disadvantage going to market if they didn’t pay the additional “peering” fees.
- Broadband speeds would be artificially slower, while rates and revenues to providers continues to rise.