Has anyone read this column dated March 5th 2014 in the Niagara Gazett.
The Federal Communicatons Commission is moving aggressively to see that the Internet remains equally open to all. Despite recent court setbacks, the rules proposed for adoption should achieve that goal.
The principle here s "net neutrality" the concept that thse who provide Internet service treat allinformation equally. This wa no big deal in the early days of the Internet, when there was little money o be made in manipulating content. Today, however, the stakes are higher, much higher.
The big providers, such as Verizon andTime Warner, don't like neutraliy. They want to be able to give perferred access to thoe who pay for that access. These entities would get their data transmitted faster and at a higher quality.
It's hard to overstate the importance of net neutrality. What would happen to the next Facebook or Google if providers were able to shunt them into the slow lane in order to give preferred access to established companies that were paying for the privilege?