What is “Net Neutrality”?
March 1, 2018
If you were to ask ten people “what is net neutrality” you would probably get ten different answers. To many it describes a set of rules written in Washington D.C. which get rescinded and re-written regularly, monitored by the FCC, then the FTC, and so on. It’s not about rules, but how companies allow you to use the Internet; it boils down to prioritization.
Let’s not kid ourselves, selling Internet services is all about making money, and some companies have come up with ways to make extra by prioritizing their own products or products of companies who will pay them for the right. If an Internet Service Provider (ISP) have a financial interest in a certain website, they may prioritize traffic to that site and possibly slow traffic to their competitors. This is especially true for video streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu, who often compete with services owned by the ISP. The argument is that these services use too much of the network’s capacity and by slowing their traffic (throttling) they free up the network for other services, such as ones the ISP has a financial interest in.
True “Net Neutrality” is a network where the ISP does not control where its customer visit or prioritize certain sites. RTC has always felt that as internet usage expands, so should our network to allow our customers to use the internet as they see fit.