Net Neutrality COMP 380 Presentation Alex Cook Prince Yabani What is Net Neutrality • A. Sen. Ted Stevens plan for the Internet, which is a “not a big truck.” • B. The idea of having fair routing of information on the Internet • C. A program designed like a net to capture more information from the Internet • D. Fishing nets that do not discriminate What’s going on here? • Idea of “Net Neutrality” – Free information for everyone • “Net Neutrality” regulations • Key terms: – Packets – Quality of Service – Latency Complicated topic • Not an issue back in the good ol’ days of the Internet • Some of the original legislation proposed came from bipartisan sponsors We’re going to each argue a position on the regulations to show what is at issue Regulations are good! • Net Neutrality will promote healthy economic/business competition. • Small businesses will be muscled out, by not being able to afford tiered services. • Lack of business competition reduces good quality • A free and open Internet will level the playing field for businesses to compete. • The consumer is able to choose the product they want with a free and open internet. Innovation • Tiered internet will stunt economic growth and stifle innovation. • Tiered internet will add extra cost to online businesses: cost that will be transferred to consumers. • Upstart innovators will be shut out. Innovations like eBay, Google, MySpace, Facebook and YouTube wouldn’t exist without an open and free internet. These websites came from humble beginnings. Net Discrimination • Tiered internet will bring problems of discrimination. • When network companies have the liberty to choosing to make certain data low-priority, there is nothing really stopping them from discriminating for social, economic or political reasons. • This in unfortunately not hypothetical. It has happened before. No regulations! • They sound like a good idea • “People only object to a “two lane” highway until you point out one slow lane for everyone isn’t any better.” • Some data shouldn’t be treated equally. Yes, you read that right. Risks and consequences • Some people argue that “prioritization is just another word for degrading your competitor,” Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge. – That isn’t a fair representation of what is happening. • If there were abuses, then regulate. It’s not needed now. – Madison River Communication, ISP in North Carolina – Vonage, FCC fines The “little guy” • What if larger companies can buy a better QoS agreement? • An ISP that decided to start messing with who gets a decent connection would be committing market suicide. Well intentioned, but… • Some of the people proposing Net Neutrality regulations do not fully understand the technology or the consequences of the regulations. • Video • Data discrimination isn’t real discrimination. Mutual agreements • Information should be easily accessible by anyone with an Internet connection • QoS “payola” cannot be allowed • If ISP’s start abusing power, then something should be done • Don’t make it a partisan issue Questions?
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