If you’ve been keeping up with U.S. news, you may have heard the issue of net neutrality pop up a few times. Here’s the thing: If you’re an internet user (and considering you’re reading this blog post, we can safely guess that you are!), net neutrality is an issue you should be paying attention to and advocating for now and in the future.
So what is net neutrality?
Net neutrality is by no means a new issue—it was hotly debated in 2014 when the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet Order was struck down by a federal court. (You can check out a pretty cool timeline of it here.) Although net neutrality was upheld in the past, it is under review once more under the new administration.
Name.com has always been an advocate of net neutrality. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we still believe it’s what’s best for website owners and users alike. Why, you may ask? If you’re looking for the TL;DR version, this video sums the whole concept up pretty well:
What net neutrality advocates say
If net neutrality did not exist, internet service providers would be able to offer select businesses quicker loading times for their website or content. But to make the service of select companies faster, that would mean that any business that didn’t pay a premium would have slower loading times. It would give huge companies and conglomerates an unfair advantage over those who did not pay extra, and could make it near impossible for cash-strapped small businesses to thrive online. Without net neutrality, internet providers could also potentially block their users from accessing certain sites or content, bringing the question of internet censorship into the mix.
What net neutrality critics say
Those against net neutrality think that internet service providers should be able to charge website owners a premium if they want faster loading speeds or access to more customers. One of the biggest arguments against net neutrality is that it could mean more unlimited data plans for mobile phone users: Broadband companies in a partnership with certain websites or content providers could entice users by making the websites or apps of their partners data-free, giving customers more reason to favor that site or app above all others.
At Name.com, we believe all of our customers should be on equal footing, no matter the size of your business or the amount of money you want to invest in your website. But as net neutrality once again finds itself on the chopping block, it’s a good time to determine where you stand.
Learn more about why we like net neutrality at savetheinternet.com.