So you’ve probably heard of Net Neutrality and had no idea what the heck was it all about. Want to know why it’s a fringe subject concerning some big Internet problem? It’s because it’s not really a problem at all.
Ensuring data passes through the Inter-webs “fairly” is one of those ideas that sounds really good, but as Michael Moynihan at Reason.tv points out, if Al Gore is in favor of the idea…
You can learn more about Net Neutrality here, with a hat tips to Michelle Malkin and Ed Morrissey at Hot Air who has information on the DC Court of Appeals ruling earlier today crunching the FCC’s plan. Gateway Pundit and Big Government also writing.
I agree with Moynihan. Right now I have broadband Internet service provided by a well known cable provider who happens to provide on-demand movies I can access via my remote control … which frequently gets buried in between the cushions of the couch. But that’s another topic.
I was also a past subscriber to a company called Netflix, who originally sent me DVDs in the mail but has now expanded their services to provide movies for download over – get this – the broadband service I have with my cable provider!
You would think my cable provider would have an interest in slowing down the speed in which Netflix delivers movies to their customers to give the impression the cable provider’s service is better. One may even think the broadband provider could block the service all together.
In reality, cable providers – even in an unregulated environment – are not doing anything like this at all. There has been instances where “owners of the broadband pipe” – if you will – made some decisions to limit traffic coming directly from Web services that are considered “on the edge” or extremely high bandwidth hogs, but in no way does this seem to be a problem looking for a solution in my opinion.
Let’s say a developer creates a Web site or service that – within days – takes over almost 50 percent of the bandwidth available on the Internet. Could this happen? I’m not sure, but I’m pretty confident I would not want the bureaucrats at the FCC scheduling meetings over the next two weeks to figure out what to do to ensure everything is “fair.”
I’d prefer the experts who currently manage the flow of data make the decisions to ensure traffic kept moving. What do you think? Maybe with the expanding broadband pipe this issue will be less and less of an issue?