→ Net Neutrality is important / by Javier Sánchez-Matamoros Pérez

Stephen Hackett publica en su blog un resumen de todo lo acontecido la pasada semana en torno a la neutralidad en la red:

In short, net neutrality promises protection from Internet service providers slowing traffic down based on content or source.

This morning, the President issued a statement urging the FCC to consider Internet access as a public utility, which would forbid companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from creating "fast lanes" on the Internet.

While the FCC boss has a questionable background, thankfully, Congress isn't in charge of this issue. This tweet from Senator Ted Cruz has been making the rounds today:

"Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. (@SenTedCruz).

[...] In a world without the protections of net neutrality, Comcast could demand more money from our podcast host for our audio files to cross their network. If our host refused, my podcast downloads could be slow for Comcast customers, but if they paid the ransom, they would have to charge their customers more, taking a bigger bite out of Relay FM's budget each month.

In a world without the protections of net neutrality, Comcast could read this blog post and make my site unreachable. Likewise, Verizon could read this one and make my site slower than Daring Fireball for their LTE customers.

[...] Here's the thing: I'm not special for making my living online. The Internet has allowed countless businesses to blossom, creating an untold number of jobs. These companies provide goods and services for millions of people, and not just in America.

Allowing a handful of the most powerful companies on the planet to control how information flows on the Internet is reckless at best. Considering ISPs spent $42 million from January to July this year on lobbying, reckless may be the wrong word.

Es cierto que todos estos movimientos están produciéndose en EE.UU., donde la repercusión económica de las empresas relacionadas con Internet es mayor, pero no hay que olvidar que las políticas del otro lado del Atlántico influyen de forma dramática en las decisiones que la U.E. puede poner en práctica en el viejo continente.

Así pues, creo que debemos tomar conciencia de la importancia de la neutralidad en la red y de como puede afectar nuestra relación con la información y el conocimiento en un futuro inmediato.

Si estás interesado en el tema (deberías), aquí te dejo una recopilación de enlaces que deberías leer:

Source: http://www.512pixels.net/blog/2014/11/why-...