Net Neutrality, who is right and who is wrong?

by Ashvini on September 1, 2010

in Business

Net neutrality has been a controversial topic from some time now. The net neutrality contention is between content providers who don’t want their content downgraded( in traffic terms) by any network control and the network companies such as cable companies, broadband providers who feel that net neutrality is stifling innovation in the industry.

What exactly is the controversy?

Content providers such as youtube process a large amount of data, sometimes to the tune of 75 petabytes. A petabyte = 1000 terabytes and 1 terabyte = 1000 gb. So 1 pb = 1000*1000 gb. Imagine if your website were to receive so much traffic you would be the richest person in the world.

Jokes apart, networks say that this puts a lot of stress on  already overburdened internet. Some networks have tried to slow down certain kind of traffic. The opponents say that net neutrality is like a mobile phone billing program, which does not generate the kind of revenue that is need to upgrade the network to next generation.

Proponents point out that the real success of the internet is because it was designed to be an open, discrimination free network. By putting tiered or preferential architecture, internet would become a sort of property of the rich where they could block out anyone not desired by them.

The jury is still out in the open. Most of the countries support open net, i.e. non preferential treatment of customers. However it is still too early to call the result on the technology that has shaped the way humans communicate with each other like no other technology.

What is your take ? How would you as an entrepreneur be affected ? Do comment.

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