There is a whole side of the Internet’s story that many people aren’t aware of. Life has gradually become a life that is always connected to the Internet.
Most people just surf the web. For most people, they are so used to all of their devices being always connected to the Internet that they hardly even thing about it. It’s just always there when we need it.
That wasn’t always the way it was of course. We have come up with much faster ways of connecting to the Internet compared to the days of dial up. Imagine the Internet speeds 10 years from now? Imagine super fast Internet, but overpriced, confusing and loaded with bundle deals. Imagine Pay Per View websites.
If those thoughts don’t scare you, imagine one of your friends saying “Hey, are you on rTriangle.com? Cuz every body is on rTriangle.com!”.
Now imagine going to rTriangle.com, only to get a message from your ISP saying “rTriangle.com is not in your current package subscription, “Basic Internet”. To upgrade to “Basic Internet Plus” and get rTriangle.com and 5 other websites, click here.”
That’s what it would be like without net neutrality. The hungry sharks of companies would swarm in on the global fish market, divide it up into chunks and sell it back to the fish for profit.
Most people just surf the web. They don’t think about all of the things that go on in the background, giving them all of the things they use daily, things they have begun to just expect to work the way they always have.
People are happy with the Internet the way it is now. Yes, with a few security issues to work on. However, the alternate reality is one that would leave nobody but the rich happy. Some well-known entrepreneurs and investors like Jason Hope advocate the Net Neutrality and promote its principles. They understand that the global market should be limitless in order to provide growth and let numerous businesses develop themselves.
Not many people think about Net Neutrality while they are surfing the web. Even though it is something that has given them the ability to surf the web as they know it. There are many popular companies today who owe their success to the Internet. Google, Facebook, MySpace, and Yahoo! are some of them. Think about the different companies who offer you ways to make use of your television. You can’t get every channel, some are only available with some companies. Each company divides the television networks up into packages, which you buy to access. Imagine if the Internet were like this. Imagine that you had to buy packages to access websites. You couldn’t access Twitter unless you purchased the Plus Package. Different package different price.
When you make a phone call using a telephone line, you are connected to any number you dial. You could call the bank, the library, your best friend Tony… It makes no difference who you are calling, not even if its your Grandma. There is nothing blocking access to any number, nor are their intentional delays, unless used by law enforcement. So essentially, unless you are a criminal, then you are free to go explore on the world wide web without interference or manipulation. The majority of countries in the world have some kind of regulations that require telecoms to provide unrestricted service.
In the early 1980s the Internet began to rise in popularity. By the 1990s, almost everyone had heart about it. There were no real laws or regulations that ISPs or Internet Service Providers had to follow. There were no laws saying that Internet service has to be unrestricted and unfiltered. Because most ISPs were also telecoms, they kept to the same ethics and provided unrestricted and unfiltered service. This is what we call net neutrality.
ISPs don’t control or restrict the traffic on its servers in any way. This means that uses can view any legal website without their ISP restricting their access. Not every country has laws that enforce net neutrality, in fact the majority of countries don’t have them.