Net Neutrality Essay

Net Neutrality Essay - Tymes 1 Jeremy Tymes Professor...

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Tymes 1 Jeremy Tymes Professor Laidlaw WRT 150-37 06 December 2007 The Fight for Net Neutrality Currently, connecting to the Internet in the United States is a connection to a vast wealth of knowledge, entertainment, communications, and business. Access to data on the Internet is provided by the large telecom and broadband companies with no discrimination against the data, but they have been threatening the ability to access the important resources that the Internet provides. This is also threatening the neutrality of the Internet. This issue has brought about an intense debate about how the Internet should operate and who should be controlling it. Net neutrality is a necessity to the future of the Internet that requires regulation by law to keep large telecom and broadband companies from prohibiting access, hindering innovation, and in turn, harming small business and pop culture. Since its inception, the Internet has been considered a neutral network: a network in which any device, regardless of manufacturer, the application being used, or the data being transferred over the network, will not have any limitations imposed by the Internet Service Provider, or ISP (“Some Straight Talk”). This means that right now ISPs cannot block or limit traffic that they don’t want to pass through their network; however, the ISPs want to change how that works. For example, ISP X has signed an exclusive deal with Yahoo! to use their search engine, but a customer wants to search with Google. The
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Tymes 2 ISP would slow down Google, making them unappealing to visit and driving traffic to Yahoo!’s search engine. This means limiting customer’s choices and denying business to alternatives. The ISPs want to become gatekeepers to the traffic that is traveling on their network to make an extra buck. The big issue at hand is whether or not ISPs should be allowed to exert so much control on content providers and indirectly, its customers, when the Internet is thriving in its current state. The Internet has exploded with growth in the last decade, especially in the business world. Many small businesses have been able to take their products and services online with relative ease. I know firsthand the ease of setting up a website because I created and manage the website for our family business, JustinTymeSports. If our business was forced to pay the ISPs so we could guarantee that our products in our online store would be viewable at good speeds, we might not have even went online. Net neutrality is preserving the ability for this small business innovation to occur, and is allowing our business to continue growing. Another prime example of small business innovation is Google. The company was started in a dorm room in California at Stanford University. The founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, had a vision for a central search of the Web. These two were college students and did not have the money needed to run their new project. But they
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