Just What is Net Neutrality?
The article below brings up an important question. The subject of Net Neutrality has been getting bigger and bigger lately and its important that people know what it is and what it can mean to them.
The Senate Commerce Committee did a survey that shows that most Americans don’t know what Net Neutrality is. It also shows that most people don’t want it. The ONLY reason people would not want Net Neutrality is that they don’t really understand what it is.
What people who see the "results" of that survey will not see is that it was slanted against Net Neutrality. The questions were leading and deceptive, leading people who don’t have any other information to believe that Net Neutrality would somehow limit how fast their internet connection could be.
Let me take this opportunity to make this abundantly clear:
Net Neutrality Does NOT limit connection speeds!
What it does is prevent things like one ISP deciding to make traffic to their services go really fast while connections to their competitors goes really slow. Net Neutrality means that all services on the internet get the same ability for customers to connect to them.
It means that Joe Sixpack can load a site hosted by his ISP and one hosted by a competitor and have them both load at the same rate. It means that big companies that can spend lots of money for faster customer access will not be allowed to freeze out smaller companies who don’t have the billions of dollars in resources that the big ones do.
The best thing people can do is explain Net Neutrality to people who don’t understand and be vocal, contact your congressmen and let your elected representatives know that you want true Net Neutrality to become law before the mega corporations once again use their billions to choke out the little guy.
Again, I cannot stress this enough, Net Neutrality means equal network access for all and has nothing to do with how fast your internet connection is… Just like physical roads are neutral, we all have the same access to them.
Here’s a couple of great Sites to learn more about Net Neutrality and find answers to questions about it. Both sites also have sections where you can send email to your senators and congressional representatives about this very important issue:
Also, this Wikipedia article goes into a LOT of detail about "Network Neutrality", what it means and a lot of information about the arguments about it.
+--------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Poll Says No Voter Support for Net Neutrality | | from the who-wants-what-they-don't-know-about dept. | | posted by Zonk on Tuesday September 19, @12:11 (The Internet) | | http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/19/1546209 | +--------------------------------------------------------------------+ Giants2.0 writes "A survey conducted by the Commerce Committee says that Americans don't know what net neutrality is, and they don't want it. Ars Technica reports that only 7% of respondents had ever heard of net neutrality, but the report questions the fairness of the survey, which was crafted by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to assess support for the current version of the Telecommunications Act of 2006. The survey suggested to respondents that net neutrality would prevent ISPs from selling faster service or security products, both of which are not true." From the article: "The very brief net neutrality description used by the pollsters is somewhat misleading insofar as it suggests that net neutrality would bar Internet Service Providers from selling faster service than is available today. Strict net neutrality does not concern itself with ultimate transfer speeds available to subscribers, but instead focuses on how different kinds of Internet traffic could be shaped by ISPs for anti-competitive purposes. For instance, strict net neutrality would not prevent an ISP from selling extremely fast 35Mbps connections, but it would prevent ISPs from privileging traffic for their own services for competitive advantage, or degrading the traffic of competing services." Discuss this story at: http://politics.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=06/09/19/1546209 Links: 0. http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060918-7772.html
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