Net Neutrality Threatened?
Net Neutrality Threatened? – The idea has been floating around for quite some time, and the New York Times reports that on Monday, Google will announce a new deal they have struck with Verizon that “could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.”
It could change the way that the Internet is delivered to clients. Since the beginning, the net was a level playing field that allowed all of the content online to be accessed at the same speed. This included huge news sources, and video blogs and other content from users online. Now, that is all about to change. This could affect the way the Internet, television, radio, and independent voices are heard around the world.
The Federal Communications Commission was denied authority by the courts to police activities of Internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast. Now, the FCC is afraid to touch the Internet in fear that they will break the foundation that we already have.
A non-neutral internet means that companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and Google can turn the net into cable television, and go on to pick the winners and losers online. Soon, all video, radio, phone and other services will be completely provided through an internet connection. This marks the end of net neutrality, and the end of a media revolution. Now, any website can act as their own television or radio network, and the companies that currently have control over the television and radio will soon be able to make their way onto the Internet.