What is Net Neutrality, and why is my assignment late?


Net neutrality is a civil data war. The ISPs on one side, their costumers and the content providers. What happens when the ISP owns the infrastructure and wants money form both sides of the pipes? Morality kicks in and things change a bit. An example, (that would have been better before they gave in and started paying) would be the dynamic between Netflix and Comcast. Netflix uses an exorbitant amount of data when streaming to it’s users. They use the the might of the Amazon servers to be able to achieve such a huge amount of output. Comcast could not handle the traffic in such a concentrated way, so they intended to charge Netflix to use their pipes, or the would purposely slow down traffic from Netflix. The idea of judging the packets in transit and deciding their fate is the source of the unrest. What about security? Who gets to see the weird things you’re into and declare you a terrorist? Security for the end user ties deeply into net neutrality as well.

CGP Grey is good at splainin’ thangs.

Consider the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BvH6kQ3ruo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24h7oL5tFKY Of course these guys have a bit of a bias, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t. Not all of their content is relevant to this class but their point of view on what IS relevant is definitely worth your time.

This was unknowingly posted to my blog and not the New Media blog a week ago. So its not technically late.


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