Posts Tagged net neutrality
Recently there has been a lot of discussion about net neutrality on our blog and elsewhere and it seems the debate is not going to end anytime soon. With the most recent chapter in the debate involving Google and Verizon making a deal, it’s hard to keep track of all the big players and the latest advancements. Most people have probably heard about the debate but not everyone necessarily knows or cares what it means to their everyday internet use and some people still may be having a hard time digesting the concept of net neutrality as a whole. With that we bring you 15 Facts about Net Neutrality – an infographic courtesy of Online MBA Programs. As a visual learner (and someone who has been following the debate closely), I found this helpful and hope you will too.
Late last week reports were circulating that Google and Verizon were in secret talks regarding net neutrality. It appears today that those reports were half right. They have been involved in private meetings trying to reach an agreement but their goal according to a joint announcement today is actually for net neutrality.
It all started when the New York Times published an article alleging the two were in cahoots and attempting to work out an agreement after their group meetings with the FCC and other Internet service and content providers like AT&T and Skype were getting them nowhere. It made sense that perhaps it would be in Google’s best interest to garner a deal with one of the leading ISPs in the business considering Google is one of the largest providers of content on the web and the Google owned YouTube is an easy target for ISPs claiming it slows their service to customers. But Google has been pro net neutrality since the argument began.
Recently Comcast Corp. won a case against the FCC barring the FCC from enforcing “net neutrality” regulations. This has set off debate in the political realm of free market vs. regulation as well as on the internet between ISPs (internet service providers) and content providers such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon. The FCC defines net neutrality as:
- Equal access to the lawful Internet content of your choice.
- The ability to run applications and use services of your choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.
- The ability to connect your choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.
- Competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.