The next issue I will be discussing is net neutrality; this is the principle that internet service providers treat data on the internet the same and not give any special treatment to websites regardless of the user, content, etc.
I believe that internet service providers should not be allowed to speed up access to popular websites regardless of the fact of their owners paying a higher rate. This would allow traffic to be diverted away from less popular websites, where owners pay a lower rate, to more popular websites, even if the less popular website has the content the user actually needs.
The internet can be a great place and is a vast system filled with ideas and information that the world has not seen the likes of in the past as it is in its form today. While the internet has a dark and light side, we will only be discussing net neutrality and even so, only briefly.
Large corporations should not be able to use their wealth and power to sway or intimidate the changing of opinions and the actions of smaller corporations or service providers into doing something that would benefit them; either directly or indirectly. The service provider should be responsible for keeping a level playing field among all.
This is especially important when it comes to creating competition among corporations to sell their product or idea to consumers. If a larger corporation has an edge just because it can pay more to these service providers and divert traffic away from smaller businesses starting up, then consumers will not be getting all the information that could lead to a more thought out and well informed decision on how to proceed. Corporations have been found in the past to slow down file sharing, limit access to certain applications created by competitors and restricting access to certain websites altogether in an attempt to boost their own web pages.
Another problem is that if we do not have complete net neutrality then this could lead to humans around the globe having access to mostly biased, ill-researched and poorly presented information and ideas. This could create confusion and help spread bad or downright wrong information to others, and the affects could be quite damaging, depending of course on the type of information one may be looking for.
If one corporation cannot keep up with the market and cannot generate new and exciting products for consumers, then it should not be allowed to pay internet service providers more money to hinder its competition. If a sports team can no longer compete at the top level to win a championship, then it has no business purposely taking out other teams and hindering their progress; if you cannot compete adequately then you deserve to be at the bottom of the food chain.