If They Kill Net Neutrality They Kill The Blogger

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If They Kill Net Neutrality They Kill The BloggerI’m new to the blogosphere. It is a chance speak my mind, give a voice to the silent, and poke a bit of fun at the neurosis we call life. And while I do that I might be able make enough money to buy a bra or new part or shoes? NO-BRAINER! With impeccable timing, in comes Tom Wheeler and the FCC. I’m sure you’ve heard about it: “net neutrality”.

  And if you’re like me you had to do delve into Civic 101 to find out how the FCC operates, what this “net neutrality” really was, and how the heck it could affect you. I mean, I’m just a small-time blogger. I don’t run in the circles of CEOs, senators, and posh millionaires. So what in the world would this have to do with me, right?   In a quick boil down of the issue: net neutrality means that all internet traffic is treated the same. The new FCC regulations would allow internet service companies (like Verizon) to charge business (like eBay) and content providers (like Hulu) more money to have faster more reliable service. In essence, a company can pay a premium to get treated better, and faster than those who do not.   I don’t pretend to know the ends and outs of the FCC. Anyone who just heard about this story recently and acts like they do should just sit down. This is complicated stuff, and there are many factors at play. In fact, after much research I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe a bit of regulation is needed. Regulation–not taxation. However, this is one thing I know–businesses will pass along price increases to the customer.  

Many amazing writers, app builders and merchandise moguls started with a website and a dream. It’s already an uphill battle, being a small fish in a big, international pool. Giving the established business with deeper pockets an opportunity to have high priority and capacity is just another strike against us.

  I can’t imagine, if given the opportunity, ISPs wouldn’t charge content providers and companies for priority speeds. A majority of businesses might bowing to the social pressure of the public said ‘Hey, I’m not going to charge Amazon to get a faster speed than eBay.” And that might last a while, until just one gets greedy, or realizes how much money they could be making–and how long would that take? And if one ISP does it, the laws of good business says that rest must follow if they want to stay competitive. And once Amazon pays an extra fee for faster speed, eBay will follow. After all, they want to stay competitive too.   And as consumers, we’d all suffer. Websites like Netflix, Hulu, eBay, Google and Amazon are in fields of stiff competition where the speed of their sites count–they will pay the fees. Then, they will either charge us to make up the loss, or the quality of their services will go down. Even if it’s just a “minor” increase of 3%-5% across the medium of websites that a consumer uses, that’s a big deal. If someone told me my paycheck was going to be cut by 3%-5% I’d be mad, so why would I be OK with this? It’s just a roundabout form of taxation.   And now, as a new content provider I just throw my hands in the air. Many amazing writers, app builders and merchandise moguls started with a website and a dream. It’s already an uphill battle, being a small fish in a big, international pool. Giving the established business with deeper pockets an opportunity to have high priority and capacity is just another strike against us.   And its more than the small blogger who would suffer. Sellers on sites like eBay and etsy are likely to see the sites asking for a bigger cut of their profits. App designers that huddle in coffee shops with silicone dreams and an Apple might find it more difficult to launch the next big thing. In the end, after all of the grandstanding and promulgation, it’s simple: the weak terminology in the new FCC proposal opens a window to allow a big business to make more money on the backs of the little guy–us.  

Great Resources On The Subject Of Net Neutrality Issue

Watch a great, fun, “unboring” explanation of the central ideas of this issue by John Oliver

(yes, he curses occasionally)


How do you feel about Net Neutrality? Do you think it would effect you?

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  • Robin Rue

    This is the first I have heard of this. I doubt something like that would actually go though, though.

    • http://thatsmashedup.com Mrs. Mashed Up

      I hope it doesn’t pass. The problem is that the FCC doesn’t directly answer to voters. Also, the fact that it is even up for a vote shows the power and sway of the companies with very deep pockets, and very strong motivation, that are behind it…

  • http://www.celebrityviplounge.com/ Danity Donnaly

    I have never heard of this either. I don’t think it will pass. Amber N

  • http://lifeasaconvert.com Life as a Convert

    I think its ridiculous. It’s all money games.

  • Jaime Huff

    This is interesting. I’ve been trying to make sense out of all of this as this has been a huge buzz all over the net for awhile. I really really hope it doesn’t pass. It would be devastating.

    Jaime Nicole

  • http://artpark78.com/blog1 yonawilliams

    Uggg…it’s always something. Thanks for pointing out the basics surrounding this issue. I have not researched it yet or happened upon something that really explained the logistics. There’s so many fears over the future of the Internet, it’s sickening.

  • Kung Phoo

    We never know what will happen.. but i hope it does not go through..

  • http://www.moreismerrier.com Kay M

    I guess I”ll just keep going as long as I can. If it gets too expensive, I’ll go back to reading, and crocheting.

  • valmg

    I don’t know all the facts and haven’t researched myself so have no opinion at present.

  • http://www.sojournerwalker.com/ Sojourner Walker

    Ugh, this is so annoying. Thanks for bringing up this issue. I actually had never heard of this before. This sounds like what happened with SEO. It’s so insanely competitive and expensive to pop up first in search results, now we have to contend with major corporations with how fast our pages load. Grrrr…

  • http://superwonderwomanruss.blogspot.com/ russ r.

    This is the first time I’ve heard of this and it doesn’t sound too nice. I hope the telcos and internet service providers in PH don’t consider this.

  • http://francramon.com/ Franc Ramon

    Charging too high on connection cost can really remove the small players in the game and make it difficult to promote sites and companies who can pay the premium can get a better edge.

  • Mary Ann Jenson

    I hadn’t researched this at all. Thank you for sharing all this info, it’s a bit overwhelming to think about.

  • http://www.wemake7.com Bonnie Gowen @WEMAKE7

    I hadn’t heard of this until now. Thanks for posting this.

  • http://29303.blogspot.com/ rm29303

    This would really be unfair. It probably cause a lot of bloggers and small businesses to stop and that would only lead to the bigger companies to get one up on the smaller business again. It’s hard enough as it is now!

  • http://nataliemadeit.com/ Natalie S.

    I remember Verizon and Netflix were having a battle about this, but I hope this isn’t passed. Comcast is crap as it is.

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I had no idea about this. Thanks for the interesting read!

  • FamiGami

    I thought all of this was common knowledge. Looking at the comments, I can see this is not the case. It’s even worse: Verizon could make an agreement with Target and slow down internet traffic to Walmart.com – it is a SEVERE attack on the freedom of the 21st century society and completely AGAINTS what the FCC used to stand for.

    • http://thatsmashedup.com Mrs. Mashed Up

      I think the scope of what this FCC ruling could mean isn’t something most people are aware of. Many don’t even know they can tell the FCC what they think (and that they need to do that soon!!) and it could sway opinions. There also seems to be an attitude that because it is such and outrageously horrid idea that goes against the whole concept of freedom of choice and the free economy, that people think there is no way it could pass. That’s just the trend they need to pass it under the radar. :-/

  • Rebecca Swenor

    Very interesting topic. I think it is all cut throat basically. The big guys always try to hurt the little guy that scares them. Great job getting awareness out there.

  • http://www.onlineally.com/ Ryan Crockett

    Great article. The more people speak out about this, the better. It’s the biggest issue of our time, threatening the free exchange of services and ideas our free internet provides.

  • mail4rosey

    I haven’t heard about this until now. You’re right though, it does sound complicated.

  • Kira Thompson

    Ugh this is a topic I hate thinking about :/. I do love John Oliver. He’s one of my favorites!

  • Sheree LaTonya Lewis

    Unfortunately we live in a communist country, it’s just not called that. This country is for the rich and the rich only. That American Dream Story is just an urban myth

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