Net neutrality is an idea that, although it has been championed for decades, was given its current form only in the early 2000s by a Columbia University law professor. In short form, it simply states that everyone should have equal access to the information highway, and not be subject to limitations that would otherwise be imposed by class or other situation.
The Federal Communications Commission has always been behind this one hundred percent, and has recently submitted a codified proposal for precisely this kind of open Internet, with the help of Internet service providers. In the coming months, the ramifications of this will become clear, but there are already some very good reasons why an increase in broadband speeds benefits consumers tremendously.
- To Become Competitive with Other Nations
According to Fabián E. Bustamante, a professor of computer science at Northwestern University, the United States is currently not competitive with first-world places like London and Paris when it comes to broadband availability in the 25-50 Mbps range. The service is available; but at over double – in some cases, almost triple – the prices paid by the French and English populations. Primarily, households with an income double the national average enjoy true net neutrality with broadband Internet at these elevated bandwidths.
- Open the Way for Innovation
Some of the most successful tech inventions and start-ups owe their success to the principles of net neutrality. Facebook, for example, was started by a young college student at Harvard, and much of the access he needed would not have been possible with low bandwidth and other restrictions associated with a sub-par Internet connection. Even now, there’s certainly a child somewhere in the nation with an idea that may revolutionize the way people interact online, and he or she will benefit from adequate broadband speeds.
- Maximizing Business Performance
Slow connection speeds reduce the effectiveness of any business that’s reliant on technology – which is all of them. If employees have to compete for fast broadband services, then productivity and efficiency decrease. The more employees there are, vying for time on the same network, then the more important a robust delivery service becomes.
In fact, having this at the office encourages employees to implement broadband services at home – so they can enjoy the same level of productivity. Quite a few businesses set up resources for their employees to work at home; in fact, many prefer to do so on sick days, or even just to get ahead.
- Reducing the Loads
Another reality that businesses are dealing with is the sheer availability of devices that connect to the Internet. A single person might have three or four different Internet-enabled mobile devices; these draw resources from the network and can slow it down if many people are using their devices at once. The list is growing ever larger; from tablets, notebooks, e-readers, Smartphones and even digital computer wrist-watches. At any moment, several people could be on several of these devices at once, which will ultimately tax the system and slow down the network. Higher broadband speeds delivers performance across all fields, and Internet service providers are working in conjunction with the FCC’s new rules to deliver optimal performance comparable to European nations.