Should it make a difference for your Internet Service Provider whether you’re browsing your timeline on Facebook, reading your emails in Gmail, or reading the latest post on TechTalks? According to net neutrality, it shouldn’t.
Net neutrality is the principle that rules ISPs should treat all internet traffic equally and avoid playing favorites, throttling, blocking or providing paid prioritizations. What does that all mean? We’ll get there in a minute.
In the past years, as the internet has transformed from being a luxury to a vital commodity, net neutrality, which is also referred to as “open internet” and “internet freedom,” has become a thorny issue in the U.S. The debate has pitted several broadband and telecom giants such as AT&T and Comcast against huge content corporations such as Google and Facebook.
While the battle is currently being played out in the U.S., the outcome can set a precedent that will propagate to other countries and regions. Here’s what you need to know and why you should care. Continue reading
By Orla Forrest, Irish Telecom
Net neutrality refers to the provision of a completely open Internet whereby any user can access and post online content that they please, in the knowledge that it will not be censored by Internet service providers (ISPs). For most web users, it is the preferred state of affairs, as their views will not be censored, while mega-rich corporations are prevented from pricing users out of an online presence. However, ISPs and a minority of users will tell you that online content should be prioritized in order of importance and that heavy users should be charged more so that bandwidth can be distributed more appropriately. Continue reading
By Gur Shatz, Cato Networks
Anyone with hands-on experience setting up long-haul VPNs over the Internet knows it’s not a pleasant exercise. Even factoring out the complexity of appliances and the need to work with old relics like IPSEC, managing latency, packet loss and high availability remain huge problems. Service providers also know this — and make billions on MPLS.
The bad news is, it doesn’t matter that available capacity has gone up. The problem is twofold: the way providers are interconnected and mismanagement of global routes. The same architecture that allowed the Internet to cost-effectively scale to billions of devices also set its limits. Continue reading