Computere Networking: Net Neutrality Essay

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*Net Neutrality* is the concept that internet traffic, at the ISP level, is all treated equally. This means that, regardless of what I'm doing, one can expect that their ISP is not actively effecting the speed at which that data is being sent to them. The ISP has no baring on the usage of one site for one purpose or another. In a non-neutral environment, ISPs can decide to speed up traffic at websites and throttle speeds at others e.g. if Sasktel, a popular ISP in Regina, had deals with video service *DailyMotion*, then it's very likely that traffic with popular competitor *YouTube* would suddenly be slower. Network Neutrality is an ethical issue, because the internet is an important conduit for information and communication, and with …show more content…
Another, even more insidious scenario would involve politicians actively bidding massive amounts of their campaign budget to convince ISPs to throttle the traffic speeds of their competitors if those ISPs serve their constituents, most of whom would not have a choice if they objected to this practice other than simply disconnecting from the internet. It effectively creates a new form of gerrymandering, ensuring political opponents do not reach a politician's constituents and thus maintaining the status quo. Users will only be able to see ads from the politicians whom they already expect to vote for them, thus maintaining the status quo, allowing the political landscape to further stagnate.

ISPs already have their own desires to monopolize the ways in which users consume content on the internet. In Canada, our primary ISPs, Rogers, Bell and Shaw, all own cable television networks as well, and offer their own on demand streaming services \[1]\[2]\[3]. It makes sense then that, since they all exclusively provide capped broadband packages, that they would want to penalize users of online video provider *Netflix* whilst serving their streaming video packages to their customers without working against their data cap. This gives online video absolutely no advantages over the current television plans and even heavily limits the selection of shows a user can watch depending on their locations. It also limits a

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