Net neutrality

Net Neutrality is what reserves users rights to communicate freely and openly online.

It means that Internet Service Providers (ISP’s), such as Sky and BT should not be able to judge people against what they are able to view or post online. Without Net Neutrality in place ISP’s would be able to block certain content they did not agree with.

As of February this year , new rules on how the internet is governed are to be put in place.

The main changes for broadband providers are as follows:

  • Broadband access is being reclassified as a telecommunications service, meaning it will be subject to much heavier regulation
  • Broadband providers cannot block or speed up connections for a fee
  • Internet providers cannot strike deals with content firms, known as paid prioritisation, for smoother delivery of traffic to consumers
  • Interconnection deals, where content companies pay broadband providers to connect to their networks, will also be regulated
  • Firms which feel that unjust fees have been levied can complain to the FCC. Each one will be dealt with on a case by case basis
  • All of the rules will also apply to mobile providers as well as fixed line providers
  • The FCC won’t apply some sections of the new rules, including price controls

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31638528

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