necessary in order to provide customers with the bandwidth they desire.
The GOP is scheduled to propose legislation early next year, which would create a bill allowing ISP’s, in effect, to charge for use of their bandwidth. Essentially, the bill would establish an alternate way for the FCC to prioritize Internet traffic beyond Title II and without categorizing ISP’s as a utility.
Netflix’s relationship with Time Warner (ISP) is a prime example of the paid prioritization dynamic. Netflix is an online video distributor, (OVD) who occupy a significant amount of an ISP’s, (e.g. Time Warner) bandwidth. ISP’s argue that they cannot provide customers’ with functional service if OVD’s continue to gobble up bandwidth without paying a premium for service.
President Obama is a net neutrality proponent. He issued a statement, which would call for the FCC to expand their power and reclassify ISPs as a utility calling for re-classification focusing on four fundamental principles. First, ISP’s could not allow blocking and all customers’ would receive equal access to legal websites. Also, throttling would be prohibited. Throttling is when ISP’s intentionally slow down or speed up content based on preferences. Next, a call for increased transparency between consumers and ISPs. Finally, the President called for abolishing paid prioritization once and for all.
Hopefully, net neutrality does not become mired in party politics. Proponents of deregulation do not want the FCC to bear control over what they consider an economic issue. On the other hand, advocates of reclassification are wary of granting a business the ability to determine which content they receive via the Internet and have deemed the ability to access a right for all citizens.