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Net Neutrality. COMP 380 Presentation Alex Cook Prince Yabani. What is Net Neutrality . A. Sen. Ted Stevens plan for the Internet, which is a “not a big truck.” B. The idea of having fair routing of information on the Internet

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net neutrality

Net Neutrality

COMP 380 Presentation

Alex Cook

Prince Yabani

what is net neutrality
What is Net Neutrality
  • A. Sen. Ted Stevens plan for the Internet, which is a “not a big truck.”
  • B. The idea of having fair routing of information on the Internet
  • C. A program designed like a net to capture more information from the Internet
  • D. Fishing nets that do not discriminate
what s going on here
What’s going on here?
  • Idea of “Net Neutrality”
    • Free information for everyone
  • “Net Neutrality” regulations
  • Key terms:
    • Packets
    • Quality of Service
    • Latency
complicated topic
Complicated topic
  • Not an issue back in the good ol’ days of the Internet
  • Some of the original legislation proposed came from bipartisan sponsors

We’re going to each argue a position on the regulations to show what is at issue

regulations are good
Regulations are good!
  • Net Neutrality will promote healthy economic/business competition.
  • Small businesses will be muscled out, by not being able to afford tiered services.
  • Lack of business competition reduces good quality
  • A free and open Internet will level the playing field for businesses to compete.
  • The consumer is able to choose the product they want with a free and open internet.
  • Tiered internet will stunt economic growth and stifle innovation.
  • Tiered internet will add extra cost to online businesses: cost that will be transferred to consumers.
  • Upstart innovators will be shut out. Innovations like eBay, Google, MySpace, Facebook and YouTube wouldn’t exist without an open and free internet. These websites came from humble beginnings.
net discrimination
Net Discrimination
  • Tiered internet will bring problems of discrimination.
  • When network companies have the liberty to choosing to make certain data low-priority, there is nothing really stopping them from discriminating for social, economic or political reasons.
  • This in unfortunately not hypothetical. It has happened before.
no regulations
No regulations!
  • They sound like a good idea
  • “People only object to a “two lane” highway until you point out one slow lane for everyone isn’t any better.”
  • Some data shouldn’t be treated equally. Yes, you read that right.
risks and consequences
Risks and consequences
  • Some people argue that “prioritization is just another word for degrading your competitor,” Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge.
    • That isn’t a fair representation of what is happening.
  • If there were abuses, then regulate. It’s not needed now.
    • Madison River Communication, ISP in North Carolina
    • Vonage, FCC fines
the little guy
The “little guy”
  • What if larger companies can buy a better QoS agreement?
  • An ISP that decided to start messing with who gets a decent connection would be committing market suicide.
well intentioned but
Well intentioned, but…
  • Some of the people proposing Net Neutrality regulations do not fully understand the technology or the consequences of the regulations.
  • Video
  • Data discrimination isn’t real discrimination.
mutual agreements
Mutual agreements
  • Information should be easily accessible by anyone with an Internet connection
  • QoS “payola” cannot be allowed
  • If ISP’s start abusing power, then something should be done
  • Don’t make it a partisan issue