Pros And Cons Of Internet Service Providers

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Some internet service providers believed they should be allowed to charge content providers, such as Netflix or YouTube, for using the internet service provider 's infrastructure to connect with the content provider 's users. Internet Service Providers reported to have spent resources to repair and improve their infrastructure to provide better service, while large content providers were allowed a free ride (Cheng et al 61). The Internet Service Providers attempted to do this by contacting content providers and requesting payment if they wanted the users whom subscribed with their internet plans to connect with the internet services provider’s own content. Dr. Economides from New York University and Benjamin Hermalin from University of California …show more content…
While at the surface, these claims seem awesome, they also have down sides. Most internet service providers offer payment tiers to their subscribers. Payment tiers are multiple levels of service a costumer can purchase, so for example someone who just wants to web browse are able to pay for a lower bandwidth (speed of the service), while someone who want to play online videogames will have the option to pay more for a higher bandwidth. Internet service provider’s argument is with total net neutrality, this payment system would not be allowed and subscribers will only have one option, the option the internet service providers decides on. Meaning that person who just wants to web browse might be paying for more than he will ever use or the videogame enthusiast will not have enough bandwidth to enjoy their hobby. Another instance where complete net neutrality will be a con is special offers on services that the ISP’s offer. This seems like a resemble claim, however if only one plan for bandwidth were to be offer it would not be horrible. When an internet subscriber who needs more bandwidth than average purchases a plan for a certain about of bandwidth, they are paying to have a max bandwidth of that certain amount. There bandwidth is not guaranteed to stay at that speed, which gives the possibility that subscriber is getting less than he or …show more content…
The fee hurting young and small internet business’s and lowering the incentive for internet business to open and innovate. Internet Service Providers will be able to put their content about others because it travels through their infrastructure. Regardless if the Internet Service provider’s content is better than the competing content, the Internet Service Provider hold the ability throttle the loading speed of their competition. Internet Service Providers will be able to take throttling a step further and be able to out-right ban their competition. If throttling the speed at which content of a Content Provider loads does not direct traffic to the Internet Service Providers support content, they would be able to just block the website, forcing internet subscribers to use the supported content. The Internet Service Providers argue that if the tiered price system were to be remove because of Net Neutrality, consumers will be hindered. However, there are many options for consumers to take which makes the tiered pricing not crucial. The Internet Service Providers also claim that the special promotions are beneficial for consumers. In this case consumers do benefit but it hurts business by creating an unfair playing field for the competition. Without net neutrality the world, which relies heavily on the internet, would be in the hands of the owners of

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