GameGorgon: Net Neutrality
- No this isn’t videogame news, no it’s not a fun topic, but if you don’t think this affects you, you’re actually a moron.
- “the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating the Internet must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differentially by content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.”
- For example, if your ISP charges you $50 to access the internet, but you have to pay an additional $10 to you ISP to access Netflix, that would violate the concept of Net Neutrality.
- Something that’s currently legal, even pre-vote, is called zero-rating, a practice employed by some service providers like T-Mobile which incentivise users to make use of spcific services, like Netflix. This is concerning because it allows T-Mobile to have some control over the barrier to entry for competition.
- On February 26 2015, the U.S. FCC ruled in favor of net neutrality by reclassifying internet access as a telecommunications service, allowing it to be regulated similarly to that industry.
- More recently in the US, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed gutting the rules back in April of this year.
- Pai will reportedly be seeking a vote in December to officially revoke Net Neutrality rules.
- If you want to contact your representatives, an easy way to find them is by using Facebook Town Hall.
- Slightly less convenient, senate.gov and house.gov will work as well.
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