If the FCC is now wanting to repeal net neutrality that will mean more costs for everyone who wants to be on the internet. This is not a good move to keep internet access affordable or free for many.
So, I have read through this and I've read about net neutrality and I have to admit that I just don't understand it. To me, net neutrality doesn't sound very neutral. Is there a simple explanation I can find somewhere? Perhaps someone knows of a net neutrality for dummies site?
Core concept is that all information on the internet should be treated the same way by ISPs. Much like the principles of freedom of speech or press, it has both positives and negatives.
As a downside, it keeps ISPs from cracking down on, for instance, sites that host viruses. But it also ensures that corporations and governments cannot determine what information is spread among internet users.
Given that the internet hosts the closest thing we have left to good sources of news, I consider that an absolutely vital principle to protect.
Okay, that is an excellent explanation. Easy to understand… which us old dogs need. And I think Coder has a point. Much like freedom of speech doesn't provide the right to go into a packed movie theater and yell fire, I guess net neutrality doesn't give the right to introduce malicious code.
Yes there needs to be balance to everything. I want the internet to be available to all and have those that seek to cause lawness in it to be stopped. Freedom of information and not have that censored is good in my book.
Oh, they can go after people who break the law and spread malicious code. Well, at least as much as international laws and jurisdiction allow.
What we're talking about is whether or not an internet service provider can prevent a user from accessing certain content.
I think that a ISP should prevent a person from accessing certain content. The information that is out there can be good or bad but it is the person who is wanting the information that can take the information whether good or bad and turn it into something worse. That is not a fault of the information that is the fault of the person. Just like any tool can be dangerous in the wrong hands so can information but that is not a good reason to keep information under wraps.