FCC Passes Net Neutrality Protecting an Open Internet

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No-IP has always been vocal about its support for an open and free Internet. Over the last year, a proposed end to Net Neutrality was discussed by the FCC. Why? Because Internet Service Providers were arguing that in order for them to grow and expand access to the Internet, they should be able to charge more to certain content providers. Particularly ones that are a heavy burden on their networks, i.e. Netflix, Hulu, etc. Essentially they were proposing a fast lane and slow lane on the Internet. If a site wanted their content to get to its users, it would be expected to pay more money to get into the fast lane, or risk being filtered into the slow lane.

However, this type of censorship by ISPs wouldn’t help them expand access to the Internet, it would greatly reduce it. In reality, the ISP’s would just gain the power to favor certain content and limit other content. That means that even though they would be building bigger and better infrastructure for the Internet, only some sites will benefit from it. An Internet that treats data equally is what we need and today we got that!

“The action that we take today is an irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said.

Today the FCC voted 3-2 to pass a Net Neutrality rule protecting the Internet. Now, ISP’s will be watched more closely. This rule will prevent these companies from treating certain content providers more preferentially than others. Meaning that Hulu can’t pay their ISP more money to gain better access to their customers.

The vote also reclassified broadband under Title II of the Communications Act. Under Title II, broadband will be regulated similarly to utilities like water and power. This is important because now it recognizes broadband as a telecommunications service, which gives the FCC the right to prevent these companies from creating the previously mention Internet slow lanes.

“The Internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules,” Wheeler said.

At No-IP, we rely on the Internet to do our job. Without an open Internet we would not exist. Today we celebrate this victory and the FCC’s decision to keep the Internet free and open.

 

7 Comments.
  1. Big WhiteCar

    Did you read the regulations before deciding how you would vote?

    Well, anyway, if you like your Internet, you can keep it. Period.

    You can always trust the government.

  2. Joshua grove

    Net neutrality is stupid. You never had to share your bandwidth with someone who was downloading huge files all day, so much that you couldn’t send an email? Now the government gets to decide I guess pbs will have a t3 and everything else will be 56k? Thanks no-ip for supporting looseness.

  3. Now that we have net neutrality, is it legal for my home ISP to charge more for higher speed access to the internet?

  4. Brad

    It’s very discouraging to see a company like No-IP support Net Neutrality. It’s little more than a thinly disguised attempt to limit tree speech and introduce a new line of taxation. You mentioned, “it recognizes broadband as a telecommunications service”. Are you failing to remember than innovation completely stopped in the phone industry until deregulation occurred?

    The companies that would supposedly be regulated by Net Neutrality were all in favor of the regulations. Why would they possibly support something that would supposedly hurt them? Perhaps it’s because they will now be able to lobby (bribe) Washington to use regulation to hurt their competition and give an unfair advantage to the highest bidder.

    This is bad for the people and great for big businesses. For No-IP to openly support this shows a fundamental lack of understanding about what Net Neutrality is. Then again, we all have the right to put our own opinions on the internet. For now, at least.

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