Understanding Net Neutrality

Posted by Nadine Segal • November 11, 2014 at 03:45 PM

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Since President Obama made a statement about “net neutrality” yesterday, everyone has been offering their opinion on the subject.

Net neutrality has been an issue for many years but it has become the topic of debate in recent years, as legal action has been taken to try and keep the internet free. The topic can seem a little tricky to understand especially if you haven’t been following the issues until now.

You may have some questions like –

What is net neutrality?

Why are people so concerned about it?

What does the president think about the issue?

Net Neutrality is the convention the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should provide equal access to all online content.

It seems pretty basic, the reason people are getting so worked up over the issue is ISPs want to charge certain content providers to provide visitors with faster connections. This could really harm smaller companies which are unable to afford the costs of preferential treatment from the ISPs. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been fighting the ISPs on the issue to ensure net neutrality.

Yesterday the President weighed in on the issue. You can watch the video below to hear what Obama had to say about the matter:

What do you think? Do you worry about making sure all content on the internet remains accessible?

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.