9/24/09 The FCC Takes a Stand for Net Neutrality

September 24, 2009 at 8:38 am 3 comments

The internet is great. It is the largest collection of trivial time wasting entertainment available to you.   Its given us everything from anthropomorphic kittens to videos of the police playing Wii during a drug raid.  But to many, particularly students, the internet is an indispensable tool, especially high speed internet.  It gives us access to respectable material, even on controversial topics,  and massive online databases.  Sites like Bittorrent.com give users access a range of material from pirated movies to collections of political cartoons.  This massive tranfer of information is what makes the internet as great as it is.  It is the least regulated and most diverse form of communication we have,  but some people are trying to change that.

Net Neutrality is the idea that a network should be free of restrictions on content, sites, or platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and on the modes of communication allowed.net_neutrality

Recently the FCC released its plan to maintain net neutrality after Com Cast was exposed throttling users bandwidth while they used torrent sites.  When an internet service provider (ISP), like Com Cast, throttles bandwidth, they severely restrict the amount of information a user can send or receive.  They make your internet painfully slow.  Whats worse is that Com Cast never mentioned its actions to users.  Eventually it was discovered by an engineer in Oregon while he was trying to upload old recording of a barbershop quartet.

This type of network discrimination  could really harm the internet.  In theory ISPs could block lawful traffic or pick favorites, offering some websites at higher speeds than other competitors or users.  AOL might force you to use yahoo by limiting access to Google, if not restricting it entirely.  ISPs could also discriminate against websites who hold opposing political, commercial, or cultural positions.

The FCC has acted against Com Cast and promised protection for users but many ISPs have responded negatively to them.  And while the FCC has acted to protect land lines it hasn’t extended its net neutrality guidelines to wireless.  So in the next coming months when congressmen speak about restrictions on the internet, remember net neutrality is there for you.

Thanks math 120 students,

dont forget to take the quiz on blackboard



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dave  |  September 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    This article is terribly bias i mean come on now where is the other side of this topic even mentioned. Comcast and other ISP have been doing this for years its all about priority things such as e-mail or IM’s are put first because communication is the most important then other things like music and videos come after. It really is simple how would u like it if you have to have a term paper e-mailed to your professor in 5 min but cant get it in time because the priority is giving to some jack trying to download a lady gaga song. its all about priority’s. it helps the Internet run better. And bring the FCC in is a joke yea lets just have government run another things in our lifes since this is no longer the land of the “FREE”. The government needs to let competition happen if u dont like your ISP choose a different one its really not that hard competition has made America what it is today why change things by letting the government step in. If you really want a government ran Internet go to communist china and see how u like it. Its no fun next thing you know there are government blocked web sites and so on. However this whole issues comes back to the educated vs. indoctrinated theory. Did you really go out and research the different sides to this article and educate it or did u just read it off of someone else’s blog and accept it as the truth

    • 2. Richard  |  September 29, 2009 at 12:47 pm

      You’re factually incorrect about net neutrality. You also don’t appear to understand *how* the internet works. Packets should NOT be prioritized because it’s not up to ISPs to determine what is *important* traffic. You pay for bandwith. Whatever comes through that connection should be of no concern to your ISP. Data is data. Upload is Upload. Download is download. Net neutrality isn’t making the internet government run, it’s now allowing ISPs to turn the internet into cable tv. (Oh, you wan’t to access ESPN.com? you need to purchase the sports-fan package! etc.)

  • 3. Richard  |  September 29, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    also, the invisible hand of the free market should dictate what can be done on the internet that was payed for by tax payers. /sarcasm


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