Current US Congressional debate will impact the future of
the Internet with Net Neutrality opponents claiming that the FCC has
overstepped its bounds of regulation and should rely on the antitrust laws. My
recent eCommerce Times column entitled "Net Neutrality in a
Nutshell" helps put the debate in perspective:
is Net neutrality?
neutrality" is short for "network neutrality" or "Internet neutrality."
The concept addresses user access to the Internet, and the debate around Net
neutrality centers on whether ISPs (Internet service providers) can limit,
tier, block or otherwise affect Internet performance.
Net neutrality, ISPs can even charge higher fees for more bandwidth and
higher-speed access to one vendor and not others, thus establishing tiers of
service. For instance, without Net neutrality, an ISP could sign a lucrative
contract with Netflix, then charge lower rates for its customers who use
Netflix rather than Blockbuster.
if an ISP preferred (e.g. had a financial interest in) one search engine over
another, that ISP could force its customers to the preferred search engine by
charging customers more each time they used any other search engine.
What do you think? Should the FCC
regulate the Internet or not?