You would have been hearing about it all over the internet. A word from here and a word from there. But this noise can be even more confusing because of the fight between 3 parties (The government, the telecommunication companies, and the Public nation).
I will surely enlighten you about the pros and cons of it, but first, let’s have a look that what actually net neutrality is
“Net neutrality (a term that was coined by “Tim Wu”, a professor of Columbia University media law, in 2003) is the principle that governments should mandate Internet service providers to treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content”
Other keywords that you may find on the internet: open internet, end-to-end principle, dumb pipe, traffic shaping, over-provisioning, and device neutrality.
Many countries are in its favor while the others against it. Being a layperson yourself you would be wondering what makes this debate so intense. Well, there are many aspects that are highly favorable for 1-2 parties while a death well for the others.
So let’s talk “neutral” and I will let you decide what the best is. And for that below are certain pros and cons of internet neutrality that will make your vision more apparent.
It creates an equal scheme for everyone:
This statement is already self-explanatory. It allows customers freehand accessibility to the data they want to use. Regardless of the illegal sites, the ISP under net neutrality cannot change services, block access or alter the flow of data simply because there is something that goes on which they don’t like.
It protects innovation:
The well-known wealthy people in the world who have earned billions of dollars because of their access to the internet, they were able to get started on the same footing. If internet remains neutral the innovation will be protected. It will allow everyone to earn an easy living either through freelancing or whatever mean they want. It’s a winning strategy for many people right here.
Giving people with a freedom of manifestation:
Any website that can operate legally, may that be blogs, services, and businesses due to internet neutrality. Yes, your foremost concern would be censorship for illegal sites? Well, that won’t be available as long as those sites meet the legal criteria of the law. And as soon as any illegal content is discovered it can be directly reported to the enforcement officials.
There will be an eye for illegal content:
You might find illegal content easily if you are looking for it or even if you are not. The aim of net neutrality is to provide every person with a fine experience. That means illegal content, and sharing will still be prevented. As each ISP would be treated as a regulated common carrier.
It would categorize internet service providers as a utility provider:
Public utilities play a huge role in our life, they provide us with services that improve the worth of our living. In the modern times, the internet is as important as food and water. Utilities provide everyone with the services they need unless a customer refuses to pay for them. It doesn’t matter how good their credit happens to be, how much money they have, or what kind of business they run.
A huge amount of data will be consumed without compensation or any advantage:
When the internet was 1st introduced to the public, it was unimaginable for them to have streaming service. Back in 1990’s, internet users had a good time being online in AOL chat rooms or waiting 20 minutes for a cool website to load. But now? There are real-time video calling and legal streaming 24/7. Though there is illegal streaming as well. And these services are provided for free on the internet service provider.
Less income from internet uses limits organizational improvements:
There are certain businesses and high-use individuals who consume large amounts of brand-width every month. If internet neutrality is removed, users will be bound to pay for what they consume. And this compensation can be used by the organizations to better the services to each provider. Many communities can also install fiber networks that way.
An unregulated network is a majorly uncensored network:
Under the guise of “freedom of speech” anything can be posted on the internet nowadays. Not only making pornography easily accessible to underage children. But also threatening religious, political, and national beliefs of people. Giving inappropriate influence and exposure to children. But an argument can be made that content should be filtered before it reaches the users.
Free internet access would eventually go away:
When profit is the major concern of any business/organization, the idea of providing free services (internet) to the ones who cannot afford it will gradually vanish into thin air today or tomorrow. Providers have the freedom to charge whatever they want and provide whatever they desire. This will cause discrimination socio-economically and demographically as well unfair treatment by providing privileges to the wealthiest.
Many public utility problems are just overlooked:
Compensation prices are raised when utilities face slow consumer base. That actually means that every body pays more for the same service without any innovation.
Pros and cons keeping aside. There are many debatable aspects of net neutrality which are looked over from one onto another. Especially when talking about cost and access. If a decent debate is made taking all the concerned aspects into consideration then we can reach on a better solution.
For you to be on the safe side, it’s better to use VPN (virtual private network). VPN tunnels your data through a server overseas, essentially hiding your data from your ISP. It will you the freedom to use freely what you want to, and expose your kids to suitable content. Hence providing a safer environment.