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Net Neutrality. Andrey Gavel. Summary. Charge more/less for certain content online Arguments for: More users = heavy burden Charge more for heavy traffic (video streaming) Arguments against: Internet should be free/open to all Should not create levels of access Specific case:

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net neutrality

Net Neutrality

Andrey Gavel

summary
Summary
  • Charge more/less for certain content online
  • Arguments for:
    • More users = heavy burden
    • Charge more for heavy traffic (video streaming)
  • Arguments against:
    • Internet should be free/open to all
    • Should not create levels of access
  • Specific case:
    • P2P throttling(Comcast)
8 step process 1 of 2
8-Step Process (1 of 2)
  • Summary: Open internet vs tiers based on price
  • Parties and expectations:
    • Corporations: Charge more for certain content
    • General public: Keep internet open
  • Three possible solutions:
    • Charge based on very specific content type & duration of use
      • Best case: Public keeps using Internet in the same way despite cost
      • Worst case: Public starts to discriminate towards cheaper content
    • Put govt. in charge of internet; make it totally “free” and open
      • Best case: All people have access; govt. maintains good infrastructure
      • Worst case: Govt. does bad job; internet falls apart
    • Keep the internet as is: charge based on speed alone
      • Best case: Internet providers still make profit; public satisfied
      • Worst case: Internet providers burdened with upkeep; no innovation
8 step process 2 of 2
8-Step Process (2 of 2)

3 (C). Best choice: charge based on speed alone

  • (A)Allow soln. for everyone: Yes; it already is(B) People are ends or means: Ends; are just users
  • (A) Natural: Yes; information is naturally “open”(B) Excessive vs deficient: Balanced; profit & open
  • (A) Majority agree: Yes; using system(B) Greatest good: Yes; most people can afford it
  • (A) Unbiased: Yes; corporations still benefit(B) Free from other influence: No; many protest tiers
  • Philosophy: Pragmatic; Proven/tested solution
acm code
ACM Code
  • 1.1: Contribute to society and human well-being
    • Openness benefits society
  • 1.4: Be fair and take action not to discriminate
    • Tiers would discriminate economically
  • 2.7 Improve public understanding of computing
    • Easier for others to learn in open internet
sources
Sources
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11032409
  • Berners-Lee, Tim (21 June 2006). "Net Neutrality: This is serious". timbl\'s blog. Retrieved 26 December 2008.
  • Wu, Tim. "Network Neutrality FAQ". Retrieved 26 December 2008.
  • "A Guide to Net Neutrality for Google Users". Google. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  • Lawrence Lessig & Robert W. McChesney (8 June 2006). "No Tolls on The Internet". Columns (Washington Post).
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