The New Net-Neutrality Policy, in Three Simple Phrases

from The Atlantic

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission just adopted strict net-neutrality rules that will treat the Internet like a public utility. What’s in the new regulations? There are three major principles that Internet-service providers—like Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon—have to follow when sending data from their networks to your computer:

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7 Responses to The New Net-Neutrality Policy, in Three Simple Phrases

  1. Michael Girgis February 27, 2015 at 1:46 pm #


    From my understanding another service that was provided by the telecommunications companies was a service of loading certain pages faster if you paid up. So now Google’s web page should load just as fast as any other web page. Has anyone else noticed this? So its my understanding that Google for example would pay their telecommunications provider to load their web page faster then any other page and they had the authority to do that so long as Google paid up. I think this is interesting because this is something that i always noticed growing up without our own internet hot spot trying to connect to the neighbors Wi-Fi. No matter how bad the connection was Google would always load up the fastest. I’m excited to see that all internet communications will be treated equally. I am also excited to see its effect on these companies.

  2. Jeremy Galvis February 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    I am very much in support of the relabeling of the internet as an utility. Ever since Comcast v. FCC (2010), there has been a struggle for the government agency to prevent Internet Service Providers(ISPs) from discriminating data with internet speed. In this case Comcast said that they reserved the right to sell internet speeds at different prices, but also said that they would never exercise this right. This was in 2010 and at the end of 2013/beginning of 2014, they reduced the speeds of Netflix to get them to pay for all the broadband the company uses up. It was pretty much legal extortion, because Netflix did wind up giving into Comcast’s demands. I say legal extortion because when the FCC tried to intervene the courts ruled that they didn’t have the authority to prevent this.

    The three main tenants of the rules of the FCC’s net neutrality policy will prevent ISPs like Comcast from discriminating data in the future. There is some worry that technology will slow down and will have to go through FCC approval before implementation. I don’t see that being an issue because FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has stated that he doesn’t want to change anything about the internet. His main goal is to keep the internet free and competitive so that all companies and organizations are on a level playing field.

  3. Zack Lisanti February 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    Finally a huge step in the protection of the internet. This was an extremely complex bill, and this easy breakdown makes it much easier to talk about. This was the first step in the Government protecting the people from the horrible treatment we have been taking over the past few years. The cable companies have been exploiting the unregulated market for massive gain for them personally.

    In the blocking section, we learned that cable companies will not be allowed to block sites. A bit of funny wording in the ‘Legal Content’ may become a problem. I can see this being a problem with sites like Youtube, and Soundcloud, where people can create content that can involve copyrighted material. Most of this content does not want to take money from the original creator, usually want to showcase there content to another audience. Me for example, create mixes of electronic music, which regularly get taken down for copyright claims. This is sad, because I just want people to hear the tracks I personally enjoy.

    Throttling is a great thing to finally get rid of. Nothing is more annoying that the infamous buffering wheel when you try to watch live streams, such as Twich or Netflix. The fact that this was even a thing is crazy, let alone having it go on for as long as it did. The last was the removal of ‘Paid Prioritization’ which is also very good for the consumer market. This would happen where the people who paid the most got data faster than the standard customer, thus making people pay for better services. This exploited people and was wrong, and I am happy it is here.

  4. Brittany Martins February 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    I had absolutely no idea what net-neutrality was, but i heard people talking about it everywhere. This article was super simple to understand and I’m glad it broke up everything into three simple steps. I think it’s a wonderful idea to allow everyone to have the same speed in regards to their internet. The fact that companies everywhere (I’m looking at you, Verizon) would make their customers pay these extreme prices for faster internet speeds. My family would never pay these extra fees so we were cursed with super-slow internet. Finally I’m experiencing equality!

    Even cooler, though, is the “no blocking” policy that is now implemented. Research can now become all the more thorough since we can now freely search for more things. However, I do see that the phrase “legal content” could be dangerous. I feel as if a lot of corporate documents will still be unavailable because they will be labled as “legal content”. This is still a huge step in the right direction though!!

  5. Catherine Gbogi February 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Thank you America. All I can say is that I’m really happy that this bill did not pass. Finally, its the internet providers that are being regulated and not the users that have to pay for it. The Net Neutrality Act was passed. This prevented internet providers from taking more of other websites’ money in order to serve us. It prevented them from slowing the internet connection to certain websites’ that refuse to pay them enough, blocked them from blocking certain websites to us, which on its own is huge. The internet cannot be run like TV. The internet is suppose to be a free place where 99.9% of things broadcasted on the internet is allowed and under our right for free speech, is mostly legal.

    If the internet providers had gotten away with this, the internet would become and immensely complicated place and it would frustrate many people. We still have freedom on the internet and the providers can’t ring more money from us, so thank you FCC for not passing that bill.

  6. Walker J. Mondt February 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    Finally after months of waiting, the Federal Communications Commission has reached its decision. Internet broadband will now be classified under Title II authority. The future of the Internet hinges on the three new, major regulations.

    The first regulation deals with the blocking of content. Of course this is a good regulation. Disabling ISPs from blocking content is not just good, it is necessary. However, the negative side of the discussion proved good points. “Legal content” is a very broad term, one that can be opened up into a giant loophole. If companies could block content to their own discretion it could be devastating.

    The second and third regulations go hand in hand. By keeping companies from throttling, they can allow consumers to once again access what they want without having anything stopping them. In addition, consumers should not have to pay more for better service. This idea undermines everything the Internet stands for. Again, however, there could be many negatives to these regulations as well. Many worry about higher prices overall for internet broadband.

    While there are many worries, this is definitely a step in the right direction. Amidst the “do-nothing” Congress in the country, it is nice to see something happen. While there will be debate over the issue, regulation is a good idea, but over-regulation must be something to be carefully approached.

  7. Alison Amen October 18, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    In the Article “The New Net Neutrality Policy, in Three Simple Words,” it discusses the new net neutrality rules that were created last year that the United States Federal Communications Commissions has adopted. Under the current net neutrality rules, providers like charter, Comcast and wireless providers such as Verizon cannot slow down or block your access to content on the internet. They also cannot create fast lanes for customers who want to pay extra. Net neutrality is important because it allows freedom on the internet. Getting rid of it would lead to more centralization and handing more power to the larger internet providers. After months of waiting the Federal Communications Board came up with internet broadband which is classified under Title II. Title II is the key to net neutrality because it allows no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization. In 2015, the FCC ruled in favor of net neutrality by reclassifying broadband as a common carrier instead of an information provider under Title II of the Communications Act. Title II provides the authority the FCC used to prohibit ISP’s from blocking the internet and giving priority to web services in trade for payment. I do not think they should roll back and reverse the net neutrality rules because the internet should stay as an “open internet.” Title II is beneficial because it is used to make sure there are equal rights when it comes to the internet.

    I believe that the internet should be viewed and treated like a public utility because the internet has become so powerful over the past century and it is too big to not put regulations to it. We now have access to more information than ever now that there is such thing as the internet. There should be restrictions on the internet just like there is on the television. On the TV, if parents did not want their kids to watch certain channels because of content, they could block them. The same should be done for the internet. People these days have too much access to the internet and abuse the way that it should be used. The internet is too important to allow providers to be making the rules on it. I prefer the idea of an open internet mainly because an open internet protects your ability to go where you want on the internet. The open internet is an essential net neutrality concept in which information across the internet is equally free and available to everyone. If we did not have an open internet, cooperation’s and providers could have control over what we access on the internet. It would disrupt our freedom of speech and expression on the internet.

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