Recent reports indicate that the FCC is likely to move towards implementation of net neutrality rules. The controversy is in place and, as recent as this month, the FCC is implementing changes. The rules will restrict broadband Internet service providers from taking specific actions, such as blocking any legal website. This is being called net neutrality. The rules are more extensive than just this.
For example, the new net neutrality rules will stop internet service providers from slowing down the transmission of any type of content or application that the provider, for one reason or another, does not like or that is a competitor’s product. This rule was designed to provide more access and benefit to consumers. One of the reasons there is a need for this type of ruling, many believe, is that there are no methods right now to stop search blocking as well content discrimination.
What does this mean in terms of how it actually applies to usage? Previously, if one internet service provider wanted to, it could block the content from a competitor provider or even from various other organizations. This could lead to political motives or unfair representation of other businesses and services. This may benefit that company while hurting the public’s access to information and services.
However, the new rules do give more leeway to some types of companies, including wireless companies. These companies are still able to block access to some types of applications. This is due to broadband congestion, the FCC states. Even these sites do not allow for the providers to block legal websites or any type of Internet telephony application. This includes products and services like Skype.
The rules on net neutrality may or may not provide you with an improved experience. These rules are likely to change, since the Internet continues to be a very powerful and ever changing medium. Laws like this take much longer to develop since the technology continues to change.