Essay on Net Neutrality: The Future of the Internet?

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The Internet is by far the most fascinating invention ever to me. Its ability to contain access to the infinite knowledge of nearly everything in digital format is beyond my comprehension. Seeing technology grow through my years has kept me heavily involved with my inner geek. I stay on top of the news, especially technology news, and over the past few years a topic that has repeatedly caught my eye is the complicated topic of Net Neutrality. I began my research on Net Neutrality by first figuring out where the term originated from and what the term actually means. On February 3, 2003 Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School, presented his paper on “Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination,” at the Silicon Flatirons conference…show more content…
Or should Comcast be able to decide that YouTube.com is taking up too many resources server side, such as using too much bandwidth on its network and in turn deliver the content to the consumer at a much lower rate of download speed, or completely block you from viewing the content entirely? Net Neutrality supporters believe that the internet should treat all information with equality. If those ISP’s were to favor particular content, sites, or applications over others for whatever reason the ISP’s feel like would ultimately take control from the consumers and force them into accessing the content which the dictating ISPs allow. Just as telephone companies can’t choose who you call, Internet services providers shouldn’t be allowed to choose what you view. Opponents of Net Neutrality argue that because service providers are in a competitive industry, they have plenty of reasons to provide the best service possible, and that the government should let market forces dictate the results of network regulation. Currently the U.S. Government is examining Net Neutrality and its financial, legal and social implications. This begs the questions of whether or not all this is this going to boil down into being an issue which needs federal involvement to guarantee equality, or an issue for the market to work through. I wanted to learn the history of Net Neutrality to see find out how this all started. I came across an FCC document

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