One of the hottest topics of the last year in the tech area was the net neutrality law. President Obama wants to make the fast internet connection available to every American citizen, without any discrimination.
President Obama suggested last year that there should be a new law against the slowing down of the internet. When hearing this, the Republicans came up with a counter-proposal because they said Obama’s was a liberal one.
What appeared at first a battle between the big government and the small government, left the Republicans in a very delicate situation. The new net neutrality proposal might push the Republicans to stand on the side of the cable companies.
The net neutrality proposal forces the Republican Party to change the rules in order to go along with President Obama’s proposition regarding the future of the internet in the United States.
President Obama wants the blocking of net traffic to be prohibited and also to put a ban on every fast internet deals that promise the user a faster internet connection at a higher price.
Also, if the net neutrality law proposed by the President takes effect, it will affect the Federal Communication commission’s power because it will no longer be able to pass new rules regarding the internet use.
Democrat Senator Maria Cantwell made a statement in which she talked about the importance of net neutrality and how crucial it is for the Federal Communication commission to go along with it. Senator Cantwell also explained that charging different fees for internet access can have a negative impact on the local technology investment, thus slowing the sector in the region from growing.
“They are saying it’s an all-around negative for the Internet.”
Those who are against the neutrality law and insist that people should be charged more for a faster internet connection believe that companies like Netflix need to pay some of the costs in order to handle the heavy traffic. Also, they added that telecommunications companies have spent hundreds of billions of dollars to build the network infrastructure.
The Senate Commerce committee will have a meeting this week and will discuss the net neutrality law, while the FCC will most likely make a ruling sometime next month.
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