Once again, the issue of Net Neutrality is at the forefront of the headlines: what will the result be?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the idea of net neutrality, this card (http://www.vingle.net/posts/465937-The-Case-for-Net-Neutrality) should help you get the idea, though I'll admit it's a little biased.
Does the idea of internet service providers being legally allowed to offer paid prioritization of services sound awful to you? Do you want to receive all your internet content equally, regardless of what deals your ISP (internet service provider) has made with big name companies like Comcast, Time Warner, and more?
If that's the case, then pay attention, because the FCC is set to rule on these 'paid prioritization' deals soon. And, they know that we're paying attention: the FCC has reportedly received 3.7 million comments on the topic, which is more than they've received on many major issues in the past (does anyone recall the on screen wardrobe malfunction issue of 2004 Super Bowl?)
It's not just big name companies vs. the people, though: some companies such as Netflix have joined in, saying that it isn't right for the FCC to "sell the internet" to these ISP provider that already have a huge monopoly within the industry.
Those in these big name ISPs say that it would never be in their interest to block content or ruin user experience. Instead, they are taking the approach of "data hogs should pay for what they use." They believe that services such as Netflix should have to help subsidize the cost of the huge amount of data their service uses, and if they don't, their speeds will be slowed to save other users from being affected. If ISPs would limit their disruption of service to only that area, however, is questionable.
I won't go into the details of the court cases and rules that have been brought up from the past, because I think the concern is not the past, but the future.
What the FCC will decide is uncertain: Wheeler, head of the FCC, is not for blocking content, but has not expressed any public disapproval of ISPs charging services such as Netflix for using a lot of data. But doesn't creating a system where they have to pay to be in a "fast lane" put everyone else in a slow lane? There are many questions, and very few answers available.
There is not deadline for the FCC to set a new rule: so now, we wait and see. What do you expect to happen?