This Network Neutrality Thing
Much abuzz about Network Neutrality in my e-mail today. Actually, I've been hearing about this issue for some time and couldn't make heads or tails out of it. I think I finally understand part of what it's about, but I'm not sure where I stand on it. This article explains some of it.
What this is about is some telecommunication companies want to create a two tiered internet where customers that use a lot of bandwidth would pay extra for higher speeds, or some such. Others, like me, would be stuck using slower speeds.
One question I have is what kind of speeds are we talking about here? Are these premium customers going to get even higher speeds than broadband now offers, or, are they going to be the ones that get to use DSL and cable and the rest of us have to go back to the old dial up 56k connections?
I can't imagine the second choice being possible with the widespread use of broadband today, so it would seem to me they'd have to provide even higher speeds to their premium customers and the rest of us would have to suffer through the internet with DSL or cable.
That's fine with me. When you think about it, we already have two tiered internet: Broadband users and those who still use the old 56k dial up. Most of us pay extra for the higher speed of broadband. If you don't want to pay so much, you can always go back to the old cheap 56k dial up.
So, I can't help but wonder what all the bruohaha's about. Sure, it sounds great that everyone has equal access to the internet but I can't help but wonder about how much connection speed has to do with equal access, especially when broadband is already more than fast enough for my purposes?
If they forced everyone who didn't pay a premium fee to go back to 56k, I'd be pissed, but I don't think that will be happening.
I'll stay on the sidelines with this one, at least until I can understand the issue a little more. If anybody has any enlightening info on Net Neutrality, feel free to post it here.