Network (Internet) Neutrality Essay

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Network neutrality (or more commonly, net neutrality) is a problem related to the internet that not enough people know about. Biases abound in this politically heated debate and although most people that know even a little on the argument have strong opinions, it is becoming more and more apparent that few people are informed about this issue at all.

To reiterate, network neutrality has great support on both sides. However, if this problem is not soon addressed, there could be major problems with how the public uses the internet.

By looking at what is best for the public and for the internet as a whole, net neutrality laws should be put into place to preserve the characteristics of the internet that make
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So in our example, say Verizon (which is also a network provider) chooses to prioritize their data over that of UC Berkeley. Information from Verizon will then be more desirable to the end user since it is so much faster than the UC website. The problem then arises when Verizon is trying to promote something opposed to that of the beliefs of the University of California. Is it fair that Verizon has these advantages over the university? What would happen if network providers bar content providers that they think have a conflict of interest from using higher speed networks? What if the network providers degrade the service of specific content providers? These are just some of the many questions that plague the net neutrality issue.


The neutrality principle did not originate nor is it limited to the internet. Other networks that people use every day rely on this idea. Take, for example, the electric network grid. It doesn’t matter what you plug into your electrical outlets at home, they all get access to the same electricity. The fundamental rule behind this is that no discrimination exists between any devices that you plug in; they all work equally well. Some have argued that this idea has been around since the 1800s and the age of telegraphs.

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