Net neutrality is a principle meant to ensures that both the Internet service providers and government treat all information on the internet the same, by not discriminating or having different charges for different users, content, platforms to name but a few. The term Net Neutrality was perpetrated by a Columbia University media law, Professor Tim Wu. The term Net neutrality could also refer to Internet neutrality, net equality to name a few. Net neutrality principle must be upheld by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) so as to protect the future of our open Internet. Without Net equality, ISPs can slow down the competitors’ content or block political opinions it disagrees with, as well as slowing down or even blocking protocols or applications thus destroying the open Internet. Net neutrality has been widely discussed by experts for a few years.
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One example of the violation of net neutrality principles was the case of the Internet Service provider Comcast intentionally slowing down the uploading process from peer-to-peer file sharing applications by use of forged packets. Without the government intervention on such vices, net neutrality principles could be a thing of the past. Due to a strong public opinion, the issue of protection of internet equality laws has led to the regulation of the broadband Internet services as a public utility by the government.
Similar principles related to Internet Neutrality
- Open Internet – the idea behind the open internet is that the full resources of the internet and ways to operate on it are accessible to each and every person and business in a non-discriminatory way. Among the ideas of an open internet include net neutrality, lack of internet censorship, low barriers to entry to name but a few. We can view Net Neutrality as an important component of net equality where policies among others equal treatment of data among others allow for easier communication between parties, without the interference of a third party. The opposite of the open internet is a closed internet.
- Dumb pipe – the concept of dump network has been around since the late 90s. The dumb pipes work on the notion that the end users are them that are left in the management and operation of communication. The modern idea of the dump network is the dumb wave, used by the software company MetroTech Net, Inc.
- End-to-end principle – this is a principle of network design which states that whenever possible, communication protocol operations should be made to occur at the end-points of a communication system, or close to the resource control. The argument for this principle is that reliable systems require an end-to-end processing to operate efficiently in addition to any intermediate processing system.
- Traffic shaping – it involves the control of computer network traffic to optimize performance, increase usable bandwidth to name but a few but a few, by controlling the amount of traffic sending over a network in a specified time.
- Over-provisioning – this is the core of a network and has more bandwidth than is permitted to enter, to name but a few. The use of over-provisioning is mostly by private networks such as WebEx and is used to make liberal estimates for peak user demands.