There have been numerous discussions regarding the validity of Net Neutrality and what effect, if Congress passes new legislation, will have on consumers and businesses alike. If Net Neutrality passes legislatively; it signals that consumers and businesses would have to share all content on the Internet (free). From a business model this is unrealistic. By that I mean, the “Gate Keepers” of the Internet have become your current Digital Cable/Internet Provider, i.e.…a Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, AT&T, Verizonand/or many other providers of Internet Access. Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the Internet wrote:
The neutral communications medium is essential to our society. It is the basis of a fair competitive market economy. It is the basis of democracy, by which a community should decide what to do. It is the basis of science, by which humankind should decide what is true. Let us protect the neutrality of the net.”
- Tim Berners-Lee
Inventor of the World Wide Web
“Net neutrality is an issue that will shape the future of the Internet” Google - Net Neutrality
Some groups are pushing Congress to consider legislation that could freeze investment and innovation of the Internet. That legislation is referred to as “network neutrality.” But without evidence of a problem, cable opposes regulation of the Internet.
NCTA – Net Neutrality
While each of us should and will, per our government, have HSI access, the “Free Market System” will dictate, through unregulated competition what and how much is received through this pipeline. This was a key statement, and you may want to read it again. A business has to deliver the access and content via the Internet, thus the “Pipelines”. Businesses must create the content and sell or share it with the Pipelines, thus the Content Providers. These two entities must work out the business arrangements to share this with Internet Users. The Pipelines must decide what to charge for Internet Access, and yes, “usage”. All of these factors result in a “free market economy”, and competition will decide what those charges will be for the Telecom/Cable TV Internet Providers and the Content Programmers. Our government role in all of this should be as an (anti-competitive umpire). In reality, this is what we have now with Digital Cable, an excess of channels you may or may not want, where in the future, access will be driven competitively between IP Providers and Programmers of your choice.