Net Neutrality: Moving Forward

  • March 11, 2015
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Net Neutrality updateOn February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to label the Internet as a utility. It was a historic victory for activists who fought to keep the Internet unrestricted and provide consumers with unbiased choices. Portland computer repair specialists state that the approved proposal ensures that content isn’t blocked. It also prevents companies from having to pay more for faster Internet speeds.

Computer Repair Experts Explain Net Neutrality

In a recent post, we explained that treating the Internet as a utility is similar to how you access electricity for your home. Every appliance and electronic device in your home receives all the power it needs, regardless of its manufacturer or type of device.

Net neutrality is similar. When the Internet is a utility, Internet service providers (ISPs) have to treat all data the same way. ISPs can’t charge content providers for faster speeds. With net neutrality, all content providers have equal access to data, regardless of the content type.

At the 2015 Mobile World Congress trade show, Wheeler reiterated that his proposal will not:

  • Dictate rates
  • Open carrier networks to competitors
  • Impose tariffs

Those who oppose net neutrality state that the proposal hurts consumers in the long-term because it reduces incentives to invest. Most of the opposing parties are in the cable television and telecommunications industries that lost a new source of revenue. They wanted the Internet to be more like an airline, where consumers can choose first class or coach services.

Wheeler said that the passed proposal balances the needs of innovators (who depend on a level playing field), consumers and ISPs.

What can you expect from net neutrality and the FCC’s adoption of Wheeler’s proposal? More of the same. Net neutrality will not:

  • Make your Internet connection faster
  • Eliminate wireless data caps (you still have to monitor your data usage)
  • Stop your wireless provider from slowing down your mobile connection when you’re near the data cap (but it has to warn you when doing so)
  • Create competition
  • Eliminate buffering when using delay-sensitive applications (e.g., Skype and Netflix) during peak periods
  • Stop Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable

If you have any questions about net neutrality or how the proposal affects you, contact Happy Hamster. The techs at our computer repair store welcome all your questions. In the meantime, celebrate that your favorite sites won’t have restrictions placed on them.

 

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