The Not Neutral Net Neutrality

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The Not So Neutral Net Neutrality Andrew Powers SBOLC Ft Gordon Class 001-15B Abstract Net Neutrality stands to define the future of internet. I will discuss the pros and cons, the different perspectives on the subject, the effects on providers (such as Netflix) and consumers, and some of the future implications of this contentious issue. Net Neutrality is one of the defining struggles of what role technology and information will play in our future. What regulations should there be on internet freedom, censorship and the free market? There are many rivaling interests between various companies, consumers and the government. The military’s reliance upon internet resources means we will have to adapt to this emergent problem as it…show more content…
There has been a recent push by several ISPs to give them the freedom to choose how and what data is allowed to flow through their networks. There are several arguments for and against this line of thinking. Should the internet remain the way it has been, or does it need to change? Pros for Change There are many reasons the ISPs and others have given that argue for a need to change. The internet has certainly changed over the years, it would make some sense that things will have to evolve and change with it. There are some internet services that consume disproportionate amounts of bandwidth. The obvious example is Netflix. During peak hours of internet usage, Netflix stands head and shoulders above other applications. In 2013 CNET reported that Netflix was 31% of the total downstream traffic. This means that Netflix alone accounts for almost a third of all internet traffic during peak times. The strain upon ISPs to provide the necessary infrastructure to support the high bandwidth of video and audio streaming is a big argument for a change to Net Neutrality. This change has already been observed, as ISPs have effectively charged Netflix a premium in order to allow Netflix to reach its customers without crippling throttling. The below is from Sandvine, who is a Canadian ISP. They tracked the bandwidth usages during peak hours and came up with these startling findings. Another big consumer of internet bandwidth is YouTube.
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