November 19, 2014

Technology Trends: Net Neutrality

Net neutrality, or the concept that all data on the Internet should be treated equally, has been one of the most hotly-debated technology issues over the past few months. The question at hand is whether or not Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have the right to charge online companies extra for faster data delivery speeds, a practice that would end net neutrality. This week, we explore the details of net neutrality and what impact future regulations could have on eCommerce and Internet communication.

Why Small Businesses MUST Focus on Net NeutralityHuffington Post Blog

A case is made for why small business owners should be paying close attention to the net neutrality debate. Small businesses have the most at stake if the rules framing net neutrality were to change, potentially allowing “mega corporations” to have a large advantage in delivering information to current and potential customers. Learn why net neutrality is not a partisan issue and what you should be doing about it. 

Net “Neutrality” Pushed by Obama Conflicts With FCC Chair Bloomberg

Last week, Obama announced his firm support for the continuation of net neutrality. The president advocated framing the Internet as a public utility, which would allow it to be maintained as a neutral resource for any business or user. This stance opposes that of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Tom Wheeler, who has been pushing for lighter ISP regulations. 

F.C.C. Considering Hybrid Regulatory Approach to Net NeutralityThe New York Times

Those close to the FCC’s recent net neutrality discussions reveal a potential hybrid approach to the issue. Such regulations would distinguish between wholesale and retail transactions. ISPs would be heavily regulated when it came to the wholesale of data exchange services to content providers (e.g. Netflix, YouTube, Amazon); however, the delivery of data through the ISP to the end user would not be as heavily restricted. Some are calling this a “Frankenstein approach” and want to see more substantial regulations that will have a stronger legal footing.

Net Neutrality Was the Biggest Tech Issue of the Year. But Nobody Campaigned on It.The Washington Post

Despite inspiring an overwhelming public response, net neutrality was not discussed in any significant capacity this midterm election. Learn why you may not have heard about net neutrality and other tech issues in the stump speeches of politicians across America. 

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