Restrictions within Net NeutralityNet Neutrality is a wonderland of chaos, entertainment, shops, and vital information to a great deal of the human population. Net Neutrality in simplest definition is the equal flow of internet traffic for everyone. Recently there’s been a controversial idea that has risen from the FCC regarding Net Neutrality with many to question; How does the idea of internet providers charging for using specific websites affect society as it charges the system of Net Neutrality?The internet has been around since 1983 and has been growing to become a chaotic web of virtually everything, from videos, pictures, audio recordings, articles, essays, games and more. Net Neutrality was recently adopted in 2015 with support of the Communications Act in February of 1934. Recently with the head of the FCC announcing a vote with such changes to the idea of Net Neutrality, many people have been in outrage with wanting to keep Net Neutrality for numerous reasons. Between the FCC and internet users it has been extraordinarily hard to compromise anything as people have found that there were about 128,000 spam comments in their site. These comments’ texts were in favor of FCC’s changes for Net Neutrality using the exact same text (ZDnet, Anti-net).
One example is the issue of what their internet providers can control. Lots of people have found that with allowing power to internet providers it means they can restrict certain websites from the consumer’s view. Such an idea of giving Internet services that kind of power has brought speculation that internet providers can make a great profit from such changes in repealing Net Neutrality if the government were to pay them to restrict people of viewing websites that may negatively criticize their works and actions. Adding to that, it’s been suggested that the government could also take data of a person’s online privacy from the providers to monitor what those consumers do and who the consumers are in every account created. The government has only so much power within the rules of Net Neutrality, online privacy is one of them. Online privacy is considered a barrier to the government as they constantly fight to breach and monitor the content that’s published and viewed (Netivist, Net Neutrality Pros and Cons). With Net Neutrality people won’t have worries of the government breathing down their necks with grabbing online information and making serious profit with internet providers.
Another idea is the impact that internet providers and TV Services will receive if it passes. Internet providers can split up multiple packages that give less and less restrictions to websites as the packages become increasingly expensive so they earn a better profit, but that then brings even bigger competition with other providers to have the more appealing deals. Some internet providers such as Xfinity and Hughes Net aren’t the best providers for quality internet and WiFi unless people pay a ridiculous amount for decent quality. As for TV Services they may not have that much of an issue because as of now they are competing with smaller TV services such as Youtube TV and Playstation Vue that give bundles for an easier price and will have issues with continuing their process if the rules change for Net Neutrality (Fortune, Net Neutrality Rollback..
.). With this at hand, it could benefit medium-sized companies while other Services such as XBox Live, Hulu, or PlayStation Plus may have some trouble with keeping a steady profit.Along with Internet and TV Services comes with Telecom providers who could be affected by FCC’s change. There isn’t much thought to telecom providers when it comes to Net Neutrality because they’re viewed as to only give the consumer a certain number of hours for phone calls and messaging through texts. Telecom companies have created a massive business spending so much money building up to this day, but with the rowing services from larger companies like Google providing free calling it’s hurting the telecom’s profits (Careerride, Net Neutrality Advantages and Disadvantages). Yet if the FCC were to apply these new rules on Net Neutrality, then it would allow the Telecom services to regain profits they once made.
Some of the restraints that can come with the potential removing of Net Neutrality is equal chances placed for all businesses for innovation. Massive companies all started the same way small businesses did, through the internet. With Net Neutrality comes the rule that everyone is given an equal chance in expressing ideas and inventions. Having no Net Neutrality means that smaller or starting businesses will receive an increasingly impossible chance to thrive with having the potential to openly express their ideas (Vittana, Pros and Cons). It’s how all sorts of items as of recent have been created such as Virtual Reality technology and games, prosthetics, food and even online education.
The FCC’s proposal to repeal Net Neutrality has brought out quite a massive split between everyday users and internet based services. This included the issue of website restrictions based off a package bought from an internet provider and the providers earning support and profit from the government paying to block certain sites. Along with such an issue, the effects on Internet/TV Services such as Xfinity, XBox Live, Comcast, Hulu, etc. would flip the entire spectrum of competition between companies to the other side as medium sized groups will still maintain potential for a growing company but eliminate the opportunity of smaller and/or starting companies. It is important to make sure innovation is always an open opportunity for anyone whether as a freelancer or a starting company, otherwise there won’t be anything fresh and appealing or useful to the public viewer. Along with it there wouldn’t be any new groups that can express their ideas.Works Cited”Verizon, AT&T and Comcast to Be Unleashed From Net Neutrality Rules.
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