Project #74222 - course work (Net Neutrality )

As discussed in lectures from March 26 & 28, 2014, the internet has historically operated according to the principle of net neutrality. That is: all companies, organizations or individuals who want to distribute content to audiences through the web have equal access and ability to do so. The internet does not discriminate. This is what has made it such a wonderful place of innovation. This is how small, lesser known entities have been able to create successful websites and businesses (and compete with larger, older companies). //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// But in 2013-14, things were getting a little big bonkers. The big moment, as discussed in lecture, came in February when it was announced that Netflix (the streaming movie service) was going to pay Comcast Cable Corporation extra money to get quicker download speeds to their subscribers. In other words, Netflix would pay Comcast more for speed and quality. The Federal Communications Commision (at the time) issued a ruling a few weeks later that claimed that this "pay for play" deal did NOT violate the principle of net neutrality, since Comcast wasn't prohibiting Netflix from delivering its content, but rather was merely asking for more money to deliver its content faster. So, the FCC said the deal was OK. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Critics argued that the trouble with all this was that these cable companies (Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner) OWN the mode of distribution (as discussed in lecture). They OWN the pipeline, so if they choose to require content producers to pay extra for access to the pipeline, the democratic underpinning of the internet falls apart. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Comedian John Oliver did a marvelous bit about this on HBO last summer. Take 15 minutes to watch Oliver's video WATCH/READ John Oliver comedy video HERE. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Things changed dramatically with a historical ruling made by the FCC on February 26th, 2015. In a surprising turn of events... FCC Chair, Thomas Wheeler, announced that FCC's official ruling was to uphold the principle of Net Neutrality, reclassifying broadband internet as a public utility that would be subject to more regulation by the government. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/technology/net-neutrality-fcc-vote-internet-utility.html?_r=0 //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// The FCC's stance on net neutrality is now summarized here: No blocking, No throttling, No paid prioritization: https://www.fcc.gov/openinternet //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// The one dissenting voice on the FCC was Republican Commissioner, Ajit Pai. His main objections to the ruling are summarized here: http://dailycaller.com/2015/02/27/net-neutrality-arguments/ //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Things to address in your online discussion: What do you think about the FCC's ruling? Do you think streaming services like Netflix should pay for faster speeds? After all, Netflix is a massive, bandwidth-sucking service. Maybe they SHOULD pay. Or, does Netflix paying for faster content delivery open the doors for all cable companies to charge content producers for use of their pipelines? Do you think this would increase the gatekeeping powers of companies like Verizon and Comcast in a way that is unhealthy? Why or Why not? What do you think about Commissioner Pai's points, critical of net neutrality? //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// In your discussion, feel free to draw upon your own experience as a broadband subscriber, information from lecture, and other info you might have from current events/news sources. this is a chat room assignment. Students will be graded on the nature of their chat room contributions including, references to current events, integration of course concepts, thoughtfulness, and originality. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// I need 6 contributions. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// At least 2 of those should be substantial. you need to respond the question above. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// 2 of those should be news or articles about this topic. you should copy the link of them and write a short summary. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// last 2 should be the reply to the respond of my classmates(the attachments). //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// the total pages should be 5 pages. thx!

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