We Can’t Abolish Net Neutrality
The easy access to the Internet is what makes America a great country to live. What allows the internet to become a great thing is the ease of availability of all types of information. All of this happens regardless of the provider giving us the content. These events turned into what is known as net neutrality. Because we support the internet businesses that are working hard to become the spine of our country’s economy, net neutrality acts as a necessity that’s good for growth, business, and freedom.
But what President Trump tried to tell us by appointing Mark Jamison and Jeff Eisenach to the Federal Communication Commission’s transition group is that net neutrality is in danger. That’s because Jamison did work for Sprint and Eisenach worked for Verizon. Verizon, Sprint, along with cable television providers and AT&T, do not act like fans of net neutrality. That’s because the system messes with their plan to seize power in the market and exploit consumers and content providers. If we don’t have net neutrality rules in place, telecom and cable companies will reign over the competition for content. As it comes to social and political views, it can also tilt the wheel towards content providers and websites that can pay to access the internet.
In the short term, doing away with net neutrality may provide profits for telecom and cable providers. However, in the long run, it will harm internet-based computers that drive businesses and customers. Cable and telecom companies currently tell consumers that their costs will go down if they abandon net neutrality. However, the economic models tell a different story. Telecom and cable companies want to gain more profits. They don’t care about decreasing costs for consumers. If we don’t have net neutrality, consumers will have to make do with a messed up internet. In a messed up internet, the entire World Wide Web will get distorted by the financial, social, and political interests of the controlling companies.
In 2005, the FCC loosened some regulations. These regulations allowed AT&T and other cable and telecom businesses to put tolls on flows of information and even allowed them to take the lead with information flows who paid the fee. Let’s say that USA Today paid the toll, and The New York Post did not pay this tax. That means that readers of the New York Post will experience uneven access to its content while USA Today readers have a smoother ride when it comes to reading its stories. If we say that Bing paid AT&T and Google did not pay the toll, then Bing’s search results will appear first. If this “prioritization tax” gets imposed, cable and telecom companies could win the competition of eyes and harm consumers in the process.
But the FCC passed rules in 2015 that put net neutrality firmly into place. The rules tell cable and telecom businesses that they have to treat all flows of information the same and can’t collect polls to prioritize any content. But after President Trump came into office, the cable and telecom lobbying arms want to work to abandon net neutrality.
If we want new and established businesses websites to grow, we need net neutrality. These days, most sales rely on the internet in some way. When we mess with the way that people access the internet, businesses can’t grow. This meddling would have a negative impact on the economy. President Trump needs to take net neutrality more seriously.
This regulation doesn’t just tie the hands of the big guys in business. Net neutrality acts as pro-business because it allows new companies to grow exponentially without getting crushed due to unfair advantage from their more significant competitors. When new businesses can produce, the economy benefits. Net neutrality also gives consumers the freedom to choose. It also provides a level playing field for all sides of the social and political divide.
All of these benefits will give the world a much more prominent benefit than the increased profits that the cable and telecom monopolies will get if net neutrality goes away. If we want to make America the great country it was at one time, we have to institute net neutrality forever says this writer to AUM Directory.