By Jaaziyah Satar and Malcolm Kijirah
Net neutrality has many advantages and disadvantages. The success or failure of net neutrality in a State has been relative, from a case-to-case basis.
Net neutrality advocates argue that keeping the internet open playing is crucial for innovation; if broadband providers pick favourites online, new companies and technologies might never have the chance to grow. Furthermore repealing net neutrality would lead to broadband providers being “gatekeepers” of the internet (who have the power of defining what websites and services are accessible). Customers would find themselves in a helpless position at the hands of broadband providers. This goes against the idea of net neutrality giving Internet users more freedom without service provider interference.
Adding on to the point above a handful of large telecommunications companies dominate the broadband market. As a result they have the power to suppress particular views or limit online speech depending on who can pay the most.
For example a broadband provider may allow some companies to pay for priority or special treatments on broadband networks. The amount for these special treatments may be high and every company may not be able to afford and access it. Large companies would be able to afford premiums for next-generation internet services and higher priority lanes, but startups with no buying power will be squeezed out. That’s relevant in the engineering space, with a lot of innovation happening around Artificial Intelligence and robotics. Innovators are concerned that broadband provider will become “arbiters of acceptable online business modelsContinue reading