This week’s question is the “Internet: Who controls the network?” My case study focused on the importance of Net Neutrality in terms of Internet control and how it regulates large Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, and prevents them from discriminating against any and all types of data that are currently open and free to any user with Internet access.
I explored the newest proposed reform that would dismiss Net Neutrality, transferring control over the Internet from the government to ISPs. This was done by comparing the current Net Neutrality reform to the proposed reform, “Restoring Internet Freedom,” and looking into three claims of FCC chairman Ajit Pai. I also gave an example of how ISPs currently violate Net Neutrality by looking into a recent incident involving Verizon’s data capping of Netflix and several other applications.
Taking a deeper look into this issue has made me aware of the importance of keeping the Internet a free and open space. I posed the question of “How will video streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu?” to my classmates in order understand others’ thoughts on Net Neutrality. I found that although most people advocate for Net Neutrality, some were willing to pay more than what they currently were for services they use often if it meant faster speeds. After looking into the new reform and several case studies of how ISPs have violated net neutrality, I do not want to take the chance of net neutrality going away!
Brandom, R. (2017, July 21). Verizon admits to throttling video in apparent violation of net neutrality.
Kang, C. (2017, November 21). F.C.C. Announces Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality.