Pros and Cons of Net Neutrality

by PProvencher on December 2, 2017 - 6:28pm

This article outlines what exactly net neutrality is, and its pros and cons surrounding this issue. Net neutrality is a big deal and is something that could change the way we use the internet for ever. “Net neutrality can be broadly defined as the concept of an open internet, where no websites or services are prioritised over any other, and nothing legal is blocked”. Net neutrality has its pros and cons and here are some of the most important arguments for both sides of this current issue. First major argument in favor of net neutrality is freedom of expression. With net neutrality any website can be accessible. No websites can be blocked by the internet provider for example, in order to promote their own agenda. Everyone will be able to have a voice and write what they want on the web. Another big argument that favours net neutrality is that it promotes innovation and competition, basically saying that it is easier for emerging companies to enter the market, since competition is fierce and censorship is low. Unfettered access being the next argument, this essentially meaning that there is no potential for internet fast lanes and that in theory everything should be equally accessible. This also prevents extra fees being tacked on your bill for using some vital sites that use a lot of bandwidth. Now moving into the cons. The first argument would be that with the rise of people using website that use up a lot of bandwidth this would result in the service providers having less money to spend on upgrading the services they offer to their clients. This is the no network innovation argument. Next comes the argument that allowing service providers to charge for certain content, like high bandwidth websites, would allow them to not charge you at all for other websites that use little to no bandwidth at all like Wikipedia for example.

This is a complicated problem. As much as I grew up using the internet, I never really noticed change, everything was so incrementally small that eventually what I knew as a child morphed into what is now today’s internet. What I do believe in is competition in the market place. I think this is what ultimately leads to the best quality and priced services being offered to the general public and this is why I have to lean towards net neutrality remaining active. Purely because I think that it promotes what is best for the end consumer. I also agree that people should be allowed to express themselves and that the internet is an amazing platform that everyone should be granted equal opportunity on.

 

Curtis, Joe. “The pros and cons of net neutrality.” IT PRO, 13 Feb. 1970, www.itpro.co.uk/strategy/28115/the-pros-and-cons-of-net-neutrality.

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