What Are The Pros And Cons Of Net Neutrality

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Net Neutrality Regulation Pros Network neutrality prevents ISPs from charging services such as Netflix, Skype, PlayStation Plus, and Xbox live for “fast lanes.” The extra expenses for “fast lanes” are a big challenge for internet users since the services become more costly and small companies are prevented from healthy competition with larger corporations that have the required budgetary means to make deals with ISPs. Network neutrality also prevents bias behavior against users by insuring that users from diverse socio-economic status have the same access to information. The absence of neutrality could give rise to a situation where priority is given to entertainment’s high-speed internet over education (Pil & Kim, 2010). It could also mean a rise in premium charges by ISPs for special access to archives and public libraries. Furthermore, some posit that ISPs could charge for site specific access which could further limit open access to certain demographics of the population (Cook, 2014). Thus far, the issues discussed have centered on the protections of businesses and consumers but there are some that argue net neutrality should also be considered in light of human rights. The 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights stated that all humans have a right to “education and cultural life” (Long live net neutrality, 2015). As more and …show more content…
However, there has been a recent rise where wireless data providers are offering unlimited data to specific services and content providers (Pandora, NetFlix, Hulu, etc). Anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules inhibit ISPs from promoting a particular content or even limiting any content as its role is only transporting data to the user who has paid for delivery. The ISPs should not, therefore, shape the consumption patterns of content (Nunziato, 2009). Competing companies are provided a level playing field with net

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