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Web site neutrality may b nearing end Jay Im Reporter

The Internet is dead. At least the concept of Net neutrality is waning along with the freedom to visit any site at the same cost. The days of randomly looking up Canon Rock, the occasional Bo Burnham music videos, or the skateboarding dog is now on its way to a grinding halt for some Net surfers. Major Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, are attempting to add on an extra charge for customers using Web sites that use more bandwidth. For example, Web sites such as YouTube stream videos and various content to the users, which use up more bandwidth than Web sites such as Facebook. ISPs have decided to attempt to charge their customers extra in order to use Web sites like You-

Tube. If a user fails to pay up, YouTube videos may download as if it were on dial-up or perhaps not at all. According to an article on Yahoo! News, this form of charging extra for certain Web site access may be an inevitable situation. “ISPs call this the cost

“ ” Net neutrality was there for a reason.

-- Aaron Gibson, sophomore

of doing business and a necessary reality in an era where bandwidth isn’t growing, but the amount of data being pushed through the available pipes is,” technology writer Christopher Null

reported on Yahoo! News. ISPs may be justified in doing this because of the inevitability of the current situation net neutrality, but it may not be justified in the customer’s viewpoint. “Well, it’s basically good, and makes sense for the companies or ISPs to do, “ junior Joe Kieklak said. “Yet I think this will drive away customers who use Web sites like YouTube often.” Others, however, disagree. “I disagree with it,” senior Sasha Hall said. “Putting a limit on bandwidth is like putting a limit to how much air you’re allowed to breath, or water you’re allowed to drink.” “If they elimiminate freedom on the Internet, what is the point of the Internet?” junior Nader Sohraby wondered. Many net neutrality

proponents in America have become outraged by the current issue and have even labeled the actions of the ISPs as extortion. In response to the possible end for net neutrality, President Obama and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have begun to push for net neutrality with plans of their own. “No matter who is right, things were looking up for net neutrality fans after the FCC and the Obama administration came out with specific and strong worded recommendations and plans that they would push for net neutrality as the Obama broadband program moved forward,” Null wrote. Even with the help of the FCC and Obama, such a grandiose movement for maintaining net neutrality cannot be accomplished without the

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- Register Tuesday - May 11, 2010

The Five Most Important Facts about Net Neutrality 1. Net neutrality is a principle, not a law: it means big telecoms choose not to tier or limit Internet Web site access. 2. Internet packaging is a myth: the possibility of telecoms forcing you to pay for access to specific Web sites or groups of Web sites is slim to none. 3. Networks are “protecting� consumers: if networks throttle the Internet, your protection is the least of their concerns. 4. The 700 MHz wireless spectrum is good: the 700 MHz wireless spectrum can be put to use for free WiFi Internet access. 5. Speed throttling is controversial: Having different bandwidth amounts can both be considered good and bad, depending on your point of view. SOURCE:

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