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You should know what “net neutrality” is. If you don’t, here’s a quick, fun way to catch up…

We’ve all heard the term “net neutrality,” with most of the internet telling us to oppose it. But a lot of us are still confused about what the term even means.

CGP Grey’s quick video is all you need to feel like a know-it-all about this hot-button issue…

Now that you know what net neutrality is, you can let the FCC know what you think or petition the White House to provide an official response on the issue.

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1 comment for “You should know what “net neutrality” is. If you don’t, here’s a quick, fun way to catch up…

  1. Brandon
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    From the provider side, you have a small number of companies (Netflix, YouTube) that are driving the majority of the bandwidth. Due to the high bandwidth needs of these services, the network providers are forced to spend money to further upgrade their networks to provide good service and remain competitive in the marketplace. So, as the network provider, you must do something to cover this increase in cost to further develop your network. Two options: 1. spread the cost evenly to all of your customers and risk their negative reaction or 2. push the cost of the network expansion to the services that are taking up all the bandwidth on your network.For example, Netflix wants to begin moving to 4K video quality (much higher bandwidth requirements than HD video). Who should bear that costs? What about your neighbors that don’t use Netflix? Is it ok that their connection is impacted as all the neighborhood connections go back to the same switch/MSC/CO? Is it ok that its all bogged down due to a few people watching HD/4K video? Should those neighbors pay more for internet access because a few want high quality streaming video? Or, should the few services taking up all the room help carry the burden of network expansion? Or, can the network provider segregate that traffic so people can still access necessary services and not be bogged down by their neighbor’s online gaming and Netflix.btw, I say this as someone who consumes most of my media via online streaming and is active on Xbox Live. I wouldn’t be happy about my Netflix subscription increasing, but I understand the position of the network providers that are being pressured by a small number of streaming companies.