For those not following net neutrality, it’s the concept where all users can access any website online at an equal speed, like we can now. However there is a subset of people who say that what we have today isn’t fair to ISPs and argue for a model where you pay more for certain services. If you look at services like Netflix, it’s what the average person uses the most and the content is bandwidth heavy. On the other hand you might have someone who never uses Netflix and other streaming services. Both of these people using the internet for one hour non-stop will have widely different data usages in that time and so some people argue for the person using more bandwidth to pay more for their service.
Despite this, Obama, the tech community and most users of the Internet see the loss of net neutrality as a threat as it could potentially limit access to anything. Many critics worry that ISPs will abuse this new power to make people pay extra to use social media or news websites and so on, making the internet more like Pay TV where you can buy sports bundles and movie bundles, which is downright terrible.
In the past Obama has been a vocal critic of the erosion of net neutrality and has recently said that a free and open Internet was as critical to Americans’ lives as electricity and telephone service and should be regulated like those utilities to protect consumers. He went on to say “For almost a century, our law has recognized that companies who connect you to the world have special obligations not to exploit the monopoly that enjoy over access into and out of you home or business, it is common sense that the same philosophy should guide any service that is based on the transmission of information – whether a phone call or a packet of data.”
If you want to add your name to Obama’s statement directed at the FCC you can add your name here.