Dear Ms. Congresswoman,
There is a pending issue which may involve federal legislation that I must brief you on. This issue is commonly referred to as “Net Neutrality”. To over simplify this issue would be to say it’s about the I.S.P.’s (Internet Service Providers) attempts to control the internet. The term “Net Neutrality” refers to a principle that advocates no restrictions by Internet service providers and governments on content, sites, platforms, the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and the modes of communication. The principle states that if a given user pays for a certain level of Internet access, and another user pays for the same level of access, then the two users should be able to connect to each other at the subscribed level of access. (Wikipedia) The basic concept sounds simple enough: that the internet’s pipes should show no favors and blindly deliver packets of data from one place to another regardless of their origin, destination or contents. (The Economist, 2010)
To begin to grasp what has transpired since the advent on the Internet, one must know that the Internet will continue along its phenomenal growth path, despite the current global economic crisis. What's different is that the Internet will become increasingly mobile and social. By 2012, more people will access the Internet via cell phones than PCs. Their favorite activities will be downloading music, videos and ringtones rather than searching the Web or sending e-mail. (PC World, 2009).
Internet has begun to migrate from a narrowband to a broadband architecture, which in the residential and small-business markets is provided primarily by cable modem systems and a telephone-based technology known as digital subscriber lines (DSL). Once again, network owners have begun to experiment with more restrictive approaches. With respect to end users, some network owners have begun to offer bandwidth tiers to... [continues]
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