Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal?
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So Much for Net Neutrality: Web Giants Are Buying Up the Internet ...

So Much for Net Neutrality: Web Giants Are Buying Up the Internet ... | Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal? | Scoop.it
As competition among web companies increase, the dog eats dog mentality is challenging the romantic view of the open web.
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According to this article Comcast was paid around $30 million, which is unsettling especially when it is actually perfectly legal according to the FCC. It isn't just, and something does need to be done so that profit cannot be made out of peoples' annoyance.
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What I learned

Net Neutrality is an important issue

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As I wrote in my blog post, I never thought of the importance of Net Neutrality. From the articles assigned, frankly, I didn't see the pressing need for congress to drop everything and pass a Net Neutrality bill into effect immediately. I wrote my entire blog post on why Net Neutrality isn't a big deal, even quoting some phrases from the quote/unqoute 'bad guys' that the rest of the world seems to be rooting against.

 

I didn't get it. Slower internet? Who cares? Just change from Google to Bing, is it that big a deal? Are there not more pressing issues that congress should be dealing with? But that was before I started searching for articles to answer exactly what question. Is Net Neutrality really that big a deal?

 

And now, I've got to say it: yes. It is a big deal. Besides the fact that it is simply the principle of the matter, that it is our basic rights to be able to search whatever we want wherever we want -- it actually does cause more issues. For example, when Internet Service Providers fight to make more money in such a sneaky way, companies like Facebook and Google will fight back, which causes a slower internet all together (this is discussed in the article "Are Google and Microsoft buying their way out of Net Neutrality?")

 

One of the articles discusses how a lack of Net Neutrality messes with phone lines and applications such as Skype and WhatsApp, and another article says that passing a law for Net Neutrality might be able to help with the Eurozone Crisis.

 

Overall, I have to admit that there is more to it than I had thought.

Net Neutrality is a big deal, and it is one that should be acted on quickly, before things get worse.

 

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The End to Net Neutrality

The End to Net Neutrality | Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal? | Scoop.it
The Communications Trust’s Plan to End Media Freedom (The End to Net Neutrality http://t.co/36GMpRIS #netneutrality #internet)

Via Monica S Mcfeeters
Nadine Zebib's insight:

This article played more towards the Public Interest Groups, explaining that if Net Neutrality does not get taken more seriously, telecommunications will be further privatized and monopolized, which leads to higher fees and slower internet. I can see that this is an infringement on our basic rights, and that it is truly the principle of the matter based on the rage of those who feel passionately about finding justice for the issue of Net Neutrality

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 9, 2013 5:10 PM

I think I have curated nearly everything here as well. Just in case I missed something here's the mother load in one click. Get into the fight for the open net or lose it and wonder why! Keep up with what's going on your information. It's a big deal, it matters who holds humanities knowledge and controls mass communications and the messages.

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Brussels to table net neutrality rules in July - EU Observer

Brussels to table net neutrality rules in July - EU Observer | Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal? | Scoop.it
The European Commission will table 'net neutrality' rules to prevent internet providers blocking access to rival sites within weeks, the bloc's digital agenda chief said Tuesday.
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This article utilizes a good example: when you buy a carton of milk, you don't expect it to be half empty. The same goes for the internet. When you put it like that, it's hard to argue. However I don't think it's really a fair comparison - that statement implies that half the internet will be blocked.

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Can mobile roaming and net neutrality reform help save Europe ...

Can mobile roaming and net neutrality reform help save Europe ... | Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal? | Scoop.it
Europe's digital chief has revealed plans for a "radical legislative compromise" that will eliminate roaming premiums and enshrine net neutrality within the EU. This is explicitly intended to show citizens that the EU matters.
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If Net Neutrality can help the Eurozone crisis, which is far from over, then it really is a more pressing issue.

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Europe Isn ' t Giving Wireless Carriers a Pass on Net Neutrality . Why Should We ? - National Journal

Europe Isn ' t Giving Wireless Carriers a Pass on Net Neutrality . Why Should We ? - National Journal | Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal? | Scoop.it
Europe Isn ' t Giving Wireless Carriers a Pass on Net Neutrality . Why Should We ?
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Pay-as-you-go cell phones there are as common as the mobile contracts that, here, prevent Americans from switching networks for two years at a time.
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This article explains that Internet providers complain that treating all traffic the same makes it harder for them to manage load efficiently at peak hours. 

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HTG Explains: What is Net Neutrality? - How-To Geek

HTG Explains: What is Net Neutrality? - How-To Geek | Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal? | Scoop.it
Whether net neutrality should be mandated by law is one of the biggest policy debates around the Internet, but net neutrality isn't just a matter of law. Net neutrality is a principle that's given us the Internet we have today.
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"Give us Gigabytes or give us Death" I loved that picture, and although obviously humorous, it is in a way exactly what I mean about the Internet being slower becoming the end of the world for most people. And this article did exactly that, blow up a small issue without good defenses, in my opinion.

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Tom Wheeler and the Coming War Over Net Neutrality : The New ...

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The F.C.C. may ultimately have no choice but to get involved in the net-neutrality fight.
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This article discusses the problem a low income perspective, and raises good points, by comparing it to sports channels and cable payers bills.
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Court to hear arguments in net neutrality case - NBCNews.com

Court to hear arguments in net neutrality case - NBCNews.com | Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal? | Scoop.it
Court to hear arguments in net neutrality case
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WASHINGTON — The federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday set Sept.
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"Verizon and other critics argue that the FCC's rules are an unwarranted government intrusion into regulating the Internet, including which content consumers may access and which companies may provide that content, and should be thrown out."

 

This article plays both sides of the fence, explaining how companies like Verizon feel about the issue as well as public interest groups. Public interest groups say that the FCC is being weak, and is easily swayed by industry players.I have to say after reading this article, I am still not convinced. It still seems to me like it is too big of a deal for nothing. 

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Net neutrality is still a chimera in the EU | Business | DW.DE | 09.06 ...

Net neutrality is still a chimera in the EU | Business | DW.DE | 09.06 ... | Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal? | Scoop.it
Some Internet services in the European Union are blocked by providers because they undermine profits. Skype and Whatsapp are just two examples. The EU now wants to take action, but critics are skeptical.
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 This article gets down the the details about Net Neutrality, and steers away from the small issues in order to show us the bigger issues: blocked sites such as WhatsApp and Skype, Meddled phone lines. However people are skeptical about the European Union's interest in the matter, saying that they "only react whenever the debate on net neutrality was urgent in one of the member states." and that "These words are almost never followed by actions. Empty words are to no effect."

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Are Google and Microsoft buying their way out of net neutrality? - Salon

Are Google and Microsoft buying their way out of net neutrality? - Salon | Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal? | Scoop.it
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Are Google and Microsoft buying their way out of net neutrality?
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This article explains one way the internet is fighting back, by paying for faster internet. However, in my opinion this just causes a bigger problem, a deeper hole to dig out of, and slower internet for anyone who doesn't use these companies. This article did shed some light on the importance of Net Neutrality, because I can see it becoming a more pressing issue.

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OVERNIGHT TECH: Verizon hits back in net neutrality case - The Hill (blog)

OVERNIGHT TECH: Verizon hits back in net neutrality case - The Hill (blog) | Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal? | Scoop.it
Somewhat Reasonable - Heartland Institute (blog) OVERNIGHT TECH: Verizon hits back in net neutrality case The Hill (blog) THE LEDE: The courts should not defer to the Federal Communications Commission on its claim that it has the power to regulate...
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I enjoyed this particular article because it shows the side from Verizon's point of view. Verizon claims that Congress never required the Internet Service Providers to treat all internet traffic equaly. Even if this is true, frankly I feel as though it is a weak argument for a company that is so clearly caught red handed. Verizon, however, does not feel the same way. On the subject they say: "The agency’s inability to identify any specific authority for these rules ... is fatal."

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Telecoms Want 'Net Neutrality' Applied More Widely - New York Times

Telecoms Want 'Net Neutrality' Applied More Widely - New York Times | Is Net Neutrality really that big of a deal? | Scoop.it
Telecoms Want 'Net Neutrality' Applied More Widely New York Times BERLIN — Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for digital policy, has urged lawmakers in Brussels to fast-track legislation to guarantee network neutrality — the equal treatment...
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"According to the European Commission, mobile operators in Europe continue to block services like Skype to about a third of consumers because it cannibalizes their own sales. Ms. Kroes, a Dutch economist, has said that she wants to ensure that a neutrality law would prevent just this sort of self-serving filtering by operators." This, in itself, is a very good reason why a Net Neutrality law should be passed by congress immediately. 

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