Net Neutrality In Video Analysis

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I’m sure a large majority of the people reading this have access to the Internet or those reading this watch online videos all of the time. Maybe they are videos made by other users or movies that are streamed from your favorite host website such as Netflix or Hulu. We expect these websites to play our videos in high definition (HD) without any buffering needed. However, sometimes a video may need to buffer while you’re in the middle of watching it. It could be worse though. Your video could simply fail to continue to load and force you to either refresh the tab or close and reopen it. This is a minor inconvenience; however, what if you didn’t have to deal with this at all. Internet Service Providers could provide fast lanes for video traffic…show more content…
Back in February 2015, there was a debate over what the new set of rules should be for net neutrality and how they should be established and enforced. The debate ended in favor of continuing the use of the rules set back in 2010. Those rules were proposed by Tim Wheeler who is the chairman for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Federal Communications Commission or FCC is “an independent group of the United States government which is overseen by Congress that regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories” (FCC). Wheeler’s proposal for the continuation of net neutrality was accepted. In the future, Wheeler said his thought process about the subject had changed and that “the rules didn’t go far enough to preserve true net neutrality” (Reardon). The rules stated that ISPs cannot block users from accessing legal content. ISPs cannot throttle bandwidth or slow down the speed of legal Internet traffic created by their customers. They cannot offer paid prioritization. That means they are prohibited from prioritizing some traffic within their network over other traffic. This rule eliminates the potential for fast lanes. ISPs must follow the Open Internet standard which means users are allowed to go to…show more content…
I believe that we should keep our current net neutrality proposal in place however; I believe that it needs to be updated. The third rule should allow for ISPs to give the option for fast lanes while providing knowledge to their customers about what they are and how they work. This new concept should allow for users to discuss their choices with whatever ISP they chose about what traffic they want to be put into a fast lane. ISPs could enable fast lanes for those individuals that want faster buffer times and higher video quality for their favorite video streaming websites and for those that faster access to social media websites. This could allow for ISPs to charge a little more for this additional service. If customers choose not to opt into any of these plans, all traffic generated by them will have the same connection speeds. Net neutrality has both pros and cons to it. I believe that the pros heavily outweigh the cons. Other users out there may agree or disagree with me. If you want to continue supporting net neutrality by keeping it the same or making some adjustments or if you want to get rid of it entirely then, let your voice be heard by voting for people who are in office based that’s share or have a similar opinion as you. Net neutrality affects us all one way or another and some more than
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