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What is Net Neutrality and Why We Need It?

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What is net neutrality?

What is Net Neutrality and Why We Need It, first we need to know what is net neutrality and then we need to know why do we need it? Net neutrality refers to the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally, without discrimination.So today let us tell you what is net neutrality and why we need it?

What is Net Neutrality

What is net neutrality

Now, let us tell you what is net neutrality. Net neutrality says that internet service providers should transmit data without giving preference to certain companies or types of data. It is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. Under an “open Internet” schema, the full resources of the Internet and means to operate on it should be easily accessible to all individuals, companies, and organizations.

Internet neutrality, open standards, transparency, lack of Internet censorship, and low barriers to entry. The concept of the open Internet is sometimes expressed as an expectation of decentralized technological power, and is seen by some observers as closely related to open-source software, a type of software program whose maker allows users access to the code that runs the program, so that users can improve the software or fix bugs.

Proponents of net neutrality see this as an important component of an “open Internet”, wherein policies such as equal treatment of data and open web standards allow those using the Internet to easily communicate, and conduct business and activities without interference from a third party.

In contrast, a “closed Internet” refers to the opposite situation, wherein established persons, corporations, or governments favor certain uses, restrict access to necessary web standards, artificially degrade some services, or explicitly filter out content. Some countries which block certain websites or types of sites, and monitor and/or censor Internet use using Internet police, a specialized type of law enforcement, or secret police.

Net neutrality suggests, internet providers are not allowed to give preferential treatment to certain types of data. Whether you’re accessing Techyuga, Google, or a small website running on shared hosting somewhere, your Internet service provider treats these connections equally, sending data to you at the same speed to all the websites.

Why we need net neutrality?

Why we need net neutrality

 

Why we need this? Tell us would you like to pay for the air you breath? Or would you like to pay for existing or just talking to another human being face to face?

For example, in 2012, AT&T subscribers couldn’t use FaceTime on their iPhones unless they upgraded to one of AT&T’s newer, more expensive shared data plans. Even though FaceTime worked fine on older plans, AT&T wanted people to pay more for their service, so they blocked FaceTime on anything except Wi-Fi. This would be against today’s net neutrality rules, and the FCC could intervene and force AT&T to treat that data equally, no matter what data plan a person was using.

Now why we need open internet?

A free and open internet promotes innovation.

A free and open internet protects freedom of speech.

A free and open internet helps prevent unfair and discriminatory pricing practices.

A free and open internet enables equitable access to information.

Net neutrality should be there because there is no point paying for something for which we have already paid for. Does not make any sense to us and also to many individuals.

 

Pritam Das

Author Pritam Das

Pritam Das is a Digital Marketer and content writer and editor for techyuga. A corporate cannon by day and a musician by night. A socially introvert person whom you can find on twitter @falconite91.

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