Net Neutrality – Weekly Content Round-Up

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Net neutrality is the topic at hand in this week's content round-up.

This week marks the deadline for ISPs to get compliant with new net neutrality guidelines. Based on current news headlines it’s proving to be more complex than just a simple flip of the switch.

Net neutrality takes effect Friday; ISPs scramble to avoid complaints

By Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

Net neutrality changes are coming in to play this week based on legislation passed in Congress. Many ISPs are working quickly to comply with new rules and guidelines, however one of the more important pieces actually involves companies involved with network maintenance and upgrades.

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“Interconnection disputes weren’t even the primary impetus for passing net neutrality rules. The FCC order’s most specific guidelines prevent Internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or prioritizing content in exchange for payment. But interconnection is where the rules are having their most visible effect.”

Why Net Neutrality Is Not Helping the Internet

By James Gattuso for The Daily Signal

New net neutrality guidelines may influence how other online and digital tools are governed, which could potentially do more harm than good. Applying the same approach and governance, in the future search engines and app developers may face challenging requirements in an effort to make them accessible to all regardless of OS  or other.

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“The new rules in effect bar the services from offering premium or discount services to any providers of Internet content.

But broadband service was, and is, no staid utility. It is a dynamic and growing market with a thin line between a successful investment and failure. Differentiated offerings, such as discounts and priority-service plans, are common in such markets. And, the market for broadband is competitive.”

Mozilla Typifies The Post-Net Neutrality Downfall

By Mike Wendy for The Daily Caller

A staunch supporter of net neutrality, Mozilla is quickly discovering that despite legislative wins there are plenty of obstacles facing the launch of its mobile handset project.

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“Mozilla has finally discovered it must compete in other ways than just low cost. Their products have to offer more to differentiate them from the competition. As one of the small ideas to get its handset picked up in a crowded market, it seeks to broaden its app ecosystem and allow non-Firefox OS Android apps to run on its phones.”

Net neutrality? Meh. But don’t you dare slow my video streaming

By Jennifer Baker for The Register

Unfortunately, heavy use of the legal jargon and complex documentation regarding net neutrality doesn’t resonate or connect well with average consumers. A recent European Union study shows that average web users relate better to impact of features and general outcome.

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“A majority of respondents – between 70-86 per cent – agreed with the statement: “If my internet provider decreased the speed for video streaming unless I paid extra, I would switch provider.”

Happy Friday!
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