The debate on Internet neutrality, or “net neutrality”, will come to a head in a vote by European politicians on May 5th, according to ComputerworldUK.com. The article, written by Glyn Moody, outlines beautifully just exactly what is at stake.
One of the biggest problems surrounding the net neutrality debate is the fact that many people, especially politicians, seem to understand what allowing ISPs to shape network traffic really means. The ISPs claim it will allow them to more effectively allocate their limited bandwidth, but the end result will actually be that they have the ability to limit access to content served by competitors. It will also allow ISPs to cap the bandwidth available to their users, while charging outrageous premiums for access to bandwidth considered above and beyond what they have deemed necessary for home use.
Click here to read Glyn Moody’s article, written for ComputerworldUK.com.