Monday, March 03, 2014

The Threat to Net Neutrality - Read Across America Day

It’s the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day!

“Grab your hat and read with the Cat in the Hat on Monday, March 3, 2014, for the 17th annual Read Across America Day. The Seussical celebration kicks off a week of reading across the nation as NEA members gather students, parents, and community members together to share their love of reading.”

Net Neutrality

You’ve probably been hearing about it lately in the news. What is Net Neurtrality?

From Wikipedia:
“Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.”

Right now, Net Neutrality is being challenged. ISPs (especially those owned by cable companies) want to charge for extra bandwidth. A court of law has already declared an end to Net Neutrality, although it is under review.

“Neutrality proponents claim that telecom companies seek to impose a tiered service model in order to control the pipeline and thereby remove competition, create artificial scarcity, and oblige subscribers to buy their otherwise uncompetitive services.”

I’ve seen the argument that someone who doesn’t use NetFlix won’t be affected. But what happens when Amazon is added to that equation? (Because not only can you download from the site, you can live stream from it.) What if the ISPs start placing a value on every site and adding them to the tier? What if YOUR site is in one of the higher tiers? And can you imagine conducting searches that give you only partial results because your tier doesn’t have access to all of the sites?

Right now, the Internet is free. As it should be. We lose Net Neutrality, all that will change. There are sites such as Save the Internet who are striving to keep it.

Where do you stand on Net Neutrality? Did you understand what it meant before today?

31 comments:

Chasing Rainbows said...

I think I took the Internet for granted until I read your post.
Thanks for an interesting read.
Yvonne.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I've heard of this but didn't pay it enough attention. Yes, it's so important that we keep the Internet neutral and available to everyone. Without hurdles.

Karen Walker said...

Gosh, I haven't heard anything about this. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I read about the court ruling on Net Neutrality. No way I'd pay extra.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I've been keeping a wary eye on this. You've summed up the situation well, Diane...thanks!

Jo said...

I think/hope this is an American thing. I haven't heard anything about it here, but I could be totally wrong. I hope we don't have to pay any more, I pay enough for internet access in Canada as it is.

Robin said...

This is the first I've heard of net neutrality. It is easy to see that once they begin to place a value on things, it will change EVERYTHING. Your searches will be inaccurate unless you buy into the Top Tier. I The rights of the people are once again being leveraged against the desire of telecom companies to increase their profits. Thank you for the excellent summation.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I didn't understand it at first but I've educated myself lately. I'm horrified that the end to Neutrality is even being considered.

Julie Luek said...

A good summation. I always try to keep a non-panic perspective until something actually comes out of it.

Bish Denham said...

I had no idea this was going on. Kind of scary.

As for The Cat in the Hat, it's absolutely my favorite Seuss book!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Jo, I don't know if it's international or not.

Robin, exactly.

Let's hope the court overturns their ruling soon.

cleemckenzie said...

I'm wondering if that's part of Amazon's CEO's business plan that I've been reading about. Hmmm. Not good for the online peeps. Wonder how it bodes for investors?

shelly said...

Thanks for explaining this. I had no clue what it was

Steven said...

I have a huge opinion on this, because the Internet is my work. And this is why I hate Comcast and other telecoms pushing for this crap. As their cable subscription numbers are sliding, they're finding new ways to screw people. China has created their nice version of the Internet without thoughts or opinions that contradict what the government thinks, and these companies are in a way pushing for something far too similar. I am overjoyed that Google is expanding its Fiber service to help combat this garbage. In the end, any time you start to constrict the free exchange of ideas, you become a tyrant, which is exactly what these telecoms are positioning themselves to be.

Hart Johnson said...

Thanks for this. I have a hard time sort of delineating what means what and this was helpful. Good reminder we all should pay attention.

Rhonda Albom said...

Interesting. Here is New Zealand we don't have unlimited bandwidth. I think most people pay for between 10-30G per month. We use more, but really pay for it. It's only been in the last few months that one of the new competing companies offers an unlimited package.

Jay Noel said...

Yes, the Net should continue to be open and free. Otherwise, information will be controlled and muted.

This is a HUGE deal!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

This is news to me. Great, another thing to worry about. :(

J E Oneil said...

I can't believe anyone would think it's all right to give a "tiered" system. All the complaining about being nickled and dimed by taxes and costs everywhere, but it's okay for the internet?

Jemi Fraser said...

Wow - lots of things I didn't know! I'm going to have to dig in to learn some more on this!

Carol Kilgore said...

I knew some of this, but not all. Thanks for the eye opener.

klahanie said...

Hi Diane,

Your posting is a bit of a revelation. A free, independent internet and may I add, without the world's governments spying in on our emails.

Dr. Seuss is on the loose....

Gary

Medeia Sharif said...

I heard of it, but didn't understand it until now. Hopefully the internet will remain free. I think it has to, since that's what the majority wants.

Mason Canyon said...

I had heard a bit about this, but your post was very informative and helpful. Definitely don't want to have to pay.

Robyn Campbell said...

Okay, I must be out of the loop. I thought I was in the know and I have heard nothing about this. Not gonna pay. *shakes head*

Maurice Mitchell said...

Great job breaking this down. The Internet is one of the great equalizers. Hopefully this will get struck down again.

Jess said...

Hadn't heard of this~ thanks for the explanation!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Steven, that's exactly what my husband said - the cable companies are losing money and finding new ways to screw people.

Jay, yes it is!

Medeia, it's all up to the courts.

Sherry Ellis said...

I really hadn't heard of Net Neutrality. But it's certainly something I'd like to keep!

Karen Lange said...

I didn't know much about it until I read this post. Thanks for the info. This could get interesting...

Shah Wharton said...

I'm ashamed to say I knew about this. I must be living under stone. Now I feel all icky. BB strikes again. This could get very out of hand. Thanks for the heads up!

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