A controversial issue in today’s life within the United States is Net Neutrality. As of now, Internet Service Providers are classified as an Information Service, and therefore not bound by Common Carrier Laws. Common Carrier is when a service provider is not allowed to discriminate on the resources used through their lines. In example, an electricity provider is not allowed to prevent solar energy from being served on their lines (if this was possible). A more realistic example is that a telephone service provider is not allowed to prevent a call within the +1 country code to be prevented.
Under current laws, the ISP (Internet Service Provider) is allowed to block or throttle your connection to services that you paid for with or without a rationale of why. In the United States, most people have one or if they are really lucky – 2 broadband providers that is not a cellular connection. This is typically a competition of Cable TV providers such as Comcast, or Time Warner Cable, and Fiber Optic which is usually set up by telephone service providers, and Google. Now, if you want to watch a video on Netflix, and the ISP wants to throttle or block your connection to Netflix, they are allowed to do this without reason. Your option is to go to another provider, but if they are the only broadband service, you have been basically held hostage. Continue reading Net Neutrality