Net Neutrality For a Free & Open Internet Recheta Lieu 100732031
Table of Contents Overview 1.1 What is Net Neutrality? 1.2 How The Internet Works 1.3 What ISPs Want History of Net Neutrality in Canada Why Should We Care? 3.1 Why Is Net Neutrality Important? Summary & Conclusion References The End
What is Net Neutrality? It is a principle that all websites, internet services and applications should be treated equally. Big companies like Bell, Rogers, and Shaw want to treat them differently so they can charge you more depending on what you use. These companies also have a vested interest in providing a faster gateway to their own content. This is called: digital discrimination.
How The Internet Works
What ISPs Want
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History of Net Neutrality in Canada July 2005: Telus blocks access to a pro-union site while its workers were striking. Late 2007: Bell begins slowing down the internet connection of customers using peer-to-peer software such as BitTorrent and Skype.
History of Net Neutrality in Canada (cont’d) April 2008: After a complaint to the CRTC, Bell defends its actions stating that throttling is necessary. November 2008: The CRTC rules that Bell is allowed to continue throttling its customers.
History of Net Neutrality in Canada (cont’d) Late 2008 – Summer 2009: The CRTC’s investigation did not actually consider whether internet throttling should be allowed in general. Thus, a public review of all ISPs is launched, with public hearings in July 2009.
History of Net Neutrality in Canada (cont’d) October 2009: The CRTC rules that big telecommunications companies such as Bell and Rogers can interfere with internet traffic, only as a last resort. Instead, they should use "economic measures" such as new investment and usage limits to combat congestion on their networks.
Why Should We Care? When we log onto the Internet, we take a lot for granted. We assume we'll be able to access any website we want, whenever we want, at the fastest speed, whether it's a corporate website or a personal blog. We assume that we can use any service we like anytime we choose.
Watching a video…
E-mailing or Instant messaging
Why Is Net Neutrality Important? Net neutrality means a free and open internet. A free and open internet: ensures competition helps prevent unfair pricing practices promotes innovation drives businesses protects freedom of speech
Summary & Conclusion Proper regulation is better than no regulation. The internet was always intended to be neutral. A free and open internet ensures choices, competition, promotes innovation and protects free speech.
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