If you have not read ‘Part 1’, click this link: https://blogs.pennmanor.net/1to1/2015/03/09/what-is-net-neutrality/
Modern Era society, politics, and economics revolve around the internet. Internet Service Providers, or ISPs are businesses who provide their customers with access to the internet.This puts a lot of power in the hands of ISPs. The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, is an agency of the United States government that regulates national communications, including the internet. On February 26, 2015, the FCC voted in favor of the Net Neutrality advocates by adopting an “Open Internet” policy.
The goal of the Open Internet Policy is to, “protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation’s broadband networks”. (FCC). Some key points of this policy include no blocking, no throttling (impairing traffic), and no paid prioritization (fast lanes). These rules ensure that broadband providers can not unreasonably interfere with their consumers’ access to the internet.
I believe that this policy is a huge step forward as the internet becomes more integral to our lives every day. It ensures that everyone has fair and equal access to the internet. It also allows small businesses, who may not have the money to pay for internet fast lanes, to grow. An open internet will be a key factor as the world progresses in the coming years.
Thanks for reading, Jarrod Claar