The benefits and risks of mandating network neutrality
To see an example of a country sans net neutrality in action (and see what the United States could potentially look like if net neutrality is repealed), it is helpful to take a look at the case of Portugal.
The customer has driven much of the demand for this.
As we make greater and more intensive demands upon our digital telecommunications network, the operators of that network have been driven by Qo S requirements.
On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it is planning to reverse Obama-era net neutrality protections.
If the FCC proceeds with these plans, it could limit Americans' ability to equally access the internet and all of its content.
Moreover, it could mean that Americans who do not have the money to pay for priority access could be limited in their ability to use all online services.
The Internet Association, which represents the interests of major technology companies (which are largely opposed to ending net neutrality protections), asserted that the FCC's move to end net neutrality "defies the will of millions of Americans." It also said it infringes on "Americans’ ability to access the entire internet."The FCC will officially vote on whether or not to repeal net neutrality provisions on Dec. However, the repeal is largely expected to pass, as the Commission has a Republican majority that will likely vote in favor of ending net neutrality protections.
As reported by Business Insider, Khanna described the dangers associated with this piecemeal internet service approach, noting: In Portugal, with no net neutrality, internet providers are starting to split the net into packages ...
A huge advantage for entrenched companies, but it totally ices out startups trying to get in front of people which stifles innovation.
The proposed principled, or rights-based, approach to net neutrality would see regulations for network neutrality based in principles of fundamental rights and not business or market regulation principles. Murray, "A Principled Approach To Network Neutrality", (2016) 13:2 The Internet is much more than a platform to post pictures of cute cats and silly videos.