Recently Anttix posted an article from Gizmodo regarding the President’s request to the FCC to declare the Internet as a public utility, much like water and electricity. This is a grand stride towards Net Neutrality, something Anttix is passionate about in the field of web design and internet services. Net Neutrality is the principal that all Internet service providers (ISPs) should provide all data equally and not charge differently depending on subscribers and content providers. This week’s article will talk about what that means for the public and businesses in a bit more detail, and share why we are so adamantly for the principal of Net Neutrality.
Here are some concepts that Net Neutrality aims to prevent:
Bandwidth throttling is when an ISP intentionally slows service depending on how much a content provider has paid them. Larger companies who pay more will have their services delivered to subscribers much faster while those who do not pay equally will find their subscribers much slower. The result: Smaller businesses will find their internet content fail to the larger companies who can afford the ISP’s fees. Users will not get the same experience for companies with similar products and services regardless of what they favor and who provides the best results.
Data discrimination, unlike bandwidth throttling, can prevent access to certain data, applications, and resources at the ISPs discretion. While in some cases this can be favorable, such as blocking illegal content and exploitation websites, it can be abused without Net Neutrality. Data discrimination without neutrality would allow ISPs to block content from subscribers who do not pay additional fees or sign upgraded contracts. For example, an ISP can use data discrimination to force users to pay a higher subscription fee for access to certain types of websites.
Search Bias is similar to the concepts above, with direct influence over search results. Search Neutrality, a piece of Net Neutrality, dictates results should only be sorted by relevance and not manipulated by paid bias. While companies like Google strive for relevance above all else other companies may take advantage of search bias if allowed to do so, giving you results on who paid for them rather than who provided relevant content. While sponsored links and paid ads are acceptable and very common, Net Neutrality protects the regular results themselves.
In conclusion, Anttix supports Net Neutrality to protect the experience users have on the Internet and prevent companies from forcing those who cannot pay more from having the same experience as everyone. Net Neutrality is for everyone, not just the users but companies, especially small businesses, who cannot afford to compete financially from large companies who can afford it. Ask yourself, how might Net Neutrality affect me? As an Internet user your online shopping and streaming media options will be greatly diverse and unbiased. As a business owner you will see fewer small business suffer online, monopolies prevented, and a decrease in capitalistic internet services. Supporting Net Neutrality will keep your Internet experience fair and unbiased as most of us want it to be.
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