Why is net neutrality important to average Joe?
In the USA, we already pay more for the internet, for the same amount of bandwidth, as compared to other developed, western countries. Our major service providers like Time Warner company, Verizon, argue against net neutrality, saying it is fair for companies that use more data to pay more. According to them, it will spur innovation and competition in the ISP industry.
But it is not about innovation or competition. It is all about $$. They want more of it. And if you are an average Joe, you will be on a slow lane, regardless of what you do. As there is going to be a new fast lane, for those who can afford it.
Here are some ways how throwing net neutrality out, will affect us.
- Inferior service – if you can’t afford the premium for fast lane, you will be in the slow lane, and experience degraded service.
- Higher cost – for those business, that can’t afford to be on a slow lane, as it will effect their business model, will have to pay more. As a result, the cost will trickle down to end users.
- Technological divide – in demographics with low income, there will be no fast lane, hence they will be a technological divide, with richer communities having an advantage of fast lane.
There is already division in America today, based to political affiliation. Do we really want to have another reason, which deepens this divide?
In early 2014, an Appeals court struck down FCC rules that governs internet and ISP, tossing out net neutrality and ruling in favor of ISPs.
However, president Omaba has broken his silence on this matter and spoken against the ruling on November 10th 2014. Open internet access should be a basic right, that all Americans should enjoy, President Obama has said. So there is hope that FCC will treat ISPs and internet traffic, just like it does the telecom industry.
If you agree with net neutrality, tell your congressman that internet should be open and equal for all.