instaPoll: Net neutrality

Office of Congressman J. Randy Forbes
2014-09-26 13:11:09
Recently, concerns have been raised about maintaining an ‘open Internet’ or ‘net neutrality,’ which is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs), like Verizon and Comcast, provide access to all Internet content equally among companies and consumers. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed new rules to examine whether Internet Service Providers should be able to charge companies for faster delivery of content. Those opposed say that allowing a large company, like Netflix, to pay a fee to Internet Service Providers, like Verizon, to guarantee that Netflix content would travel faster over Verizon’s network would amount to paid prioritization, and result in discriminating against smaller companies who may not be able to afford to pay a similar fee. Supporters of net neutrality in general believe that strict regulation is necessary to protect the Internet, and believe the FCC should treat broadband companies like other utilities, instead of allowing potentially discriminatory practices from Internet Service Providers. A majority of the five-member FCC panel would have to vote in support of the rules before they could take effect. Question of the week: Do you believe that regulations are necessary in order to maintain equal access to the Internet? ( ) Yes. ( ) No. ( ) I don’t know. ( ) Other. Take the Poll here. Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here. Home | Contact | Unsubscribe | Privacy | Office Locations Please do not reply to this message. This email address does not accept incoming messages. To send an email, click here. Trouble viewing this email? See it in your web browser: forbes.house.gov/news/email/show.aspx Unsubscribe: forbes.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/

 

 

Recently, concerns have been raised about maintaining an ‘open Internet’ or ‘net neutrality,’ which is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs), like Verizon and Comcast, provide access to all Internet content equally among companies and consumers.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed new rules to examine whether Internet Service Providers should be able to charge companies for faster delivery of content.

Those opposed say that allowing a large company, like Netflix, to pay a fee to Internet Service Providers, like Verizon, to guarantee that Netflix content would travel faster over Verizon’s network would amount to paid prioritization, and result in discriminating against smaller companies who may not be able to afford to pay a similar fee.

Supporters of net neutrality in general believe that strict regulation is necessary to protect the Internet, and believe the FCC should treat broadband companies like other utilities, instead of allowing potentially discriminatory practices from Internet Service Providers.

A majority of the five-member FCC panel would have to vote in support of the rules before they could take effect.


Question of the week

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don’t know.
( ) Other.


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