Friday, 22 November, 2019

Things in 2017: Net neutrality and the future of the internet

Things in 2017: Net neutrality and the future of the internet Things in 2017: Net neutrality and the future of the internet
Russell Knight | 18 December, 2017, 00:31

The repeal of the Title II utility designation for internet service by the FCC last week means that providers can provide fast lanes for certain traffic at a cost to users, slow or even ban access to what they consider to be objectionable or competing content.

If you haven't really bothered to look into net neutrality until this week, that's because you probably had no particular reason to.

These rules were set out under former US President Barack Obama, when in 2015 the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassified high-speed internet as a communications service, rather than an information one. Net neutrality is something we have been enjoying on a daily since the internet came into existence. "Net neutrality allows for everyone to access everything on the internet, regardless of how much money you have, the access you already have or where you are", he said. Many content providers, like Apple and Google fear that ISPs will favor their own content providers, and force them to pay more to be viewed faster or even be seen by customers. On Thursday, a day after the video was posted, the FCC voted 3-2 to end net neutrality in a hugely controversial move.

Broadband companies and other internet service providers say they have no plans to offer paid prioritization, but some have been laying the groundwork for it in recent months.

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Members of the University of Montana Anthropology Department studied the remains and determined they were bones from children. The ages of Alexander, Andrew and Tanner Skelton, match the general ages of the skeletal remains found in Missoula.

You may have to pay more to use your favorite streaming sites, like Netflix, or social media sites, like Facebook.

In November, hundreds of companies, including tech companies Airbnb, Foursquare and Etsy, signed a letter to Pai urging the FCC to retain the net neutrality regulations.

If this latest decision against net neutrality is not reversed by the President and Congress, it will show how little our representatives care about this country and the freedoms of the average citizen. Contact your congressman to share your opinion on the issue and inform them on the situation.

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