For those who don’t know what net neutrality is, it’s the practice that the internet is a fair and level playing field. Basically that means that no matter what the content provider or user online, all data is treated equally.
Bus cable companies in the United States are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds. They want to be able to charge a premium for certain companies and providers, like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and more, to be able to send content. And if they don’t want to pay the extra premium they could then be legally slowed down. And who would suffer in that instance? The consumer, who would then see slower and less reliable streams. And who would benefit? Internet providers, who are not only charging you for the internet and who want to charge the internet back.
John Oliver explains the controversy (very funny too) and lets viewers know how they can voice their displeasure to the FCC. Note that it’s unclear how this would affect things in Canada, but if things do change south of the border how long before it creeps north?