Sunday, March 1, 2015

Netiquette IQ The New Net-Neutrality Policy, In Three Simple Phrases


Now that the United States FCC has ruled in favor of Internet Neutrality, here is a simple explanation of what this means for netizens. Do not believe the propaganda of many extremists and lobbyists who are claiming this ruling constitutes a takeover of the Internet -  it is exactly the opposite! 

Similarly, if you are outside of the United States, the ruling still applies because a huge amount of Internet traffic flows through US carries and providers. Also some countries do not have high-speed and access limitation because certain governments allow carries to limit speed and availability. We all should do our part to make this and simple access a reality for all!
The New Net-Neutrality Policy, in Three Simple Phrases

What America's historic ruling means in plain English

Tim FernholzFeb 26 2015, 3:26 PM ET

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP 
No Blocking
Internet providers can’t prevent you from accessing “legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices” when you’re on the Internet. This is intended to prevent censorship and discrimination of specific sites or services. Some open-Internet advocates worry the phrase “legal content” will create a loophole that might let Internet providers block stuff they see as questionable on copyright grounds without a fair hearing.

No Throttling

Internet providers can’t deliberately slow down data from applications or sites on the Internet. That means, for instance, that a broadband company has to let all traffic flow equally, regardless of whether it’s coming from a competitor or a streaming video service like Netflix that uses a lot of data.

No Paid Prioritization

Internet providers can’t charge content providers extra to bring their data to you faster. That means no Internet “fast lanes,” because regulators fear they will lead to degraded service for anyone not willing to pay more.

If content providers or the networks that underly the Internet complain about Internet providers acting as gatekeepers for their users, the FCC says it will have the authority “to hear complaints and take appropriate enforcement action if necessary, if it determines the interconnection activities of ISPs are not just and reasonable.” It’s not clear yet what that will mean in practice.
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