Unplugged from Reality

Emma Bauer, Staff Writer

Net neutrality was a huge deal and a hot topic in the news when it was revealed that it was likely to be repealed in late 2017, and later was repealed.

What people fail to realize, however, is that we did not have net neutrality in 2015, and in 2015, people were not having to pay for “social media packages,” now were they?

For those of you who might be a bit confused on exactly what net neutrality is, Dailywire writer Harry Khachatrian explains in a helpful article. “[…] if Google wanted access to the global internet to deliver its content to you (an end user) it would go to an ISP, and become its customer. The ISP would in turn provide transit to Google, which pays ISP B for service. ISP B then routes traffic to the internet exchange point (IXP) in New York, where it peers with the access-ISP C. Customers of ISP-C (this would be you, sitting at your computer at home) now have access to Youtube, Gmail, and all the other service Google offers” (Khachatrian).

And here is a glimpse of what Google actually does: “Google (and what other large enterprises that deliver content to end users- think Netflix, Facebook) maintains its own global network infrastructure points. […] Google is not a customer of an ISP. […] Google has far more control over how its content is delivered to users. If Google wants to treat Youtube video packets differently than the packets transferred for uploading Google Docs files, it can.”

Most people assume taking away net neutrality in turn means that people like you and I would have to pay a sum per month for “social media packages,” for “entertainment packages,” and so on. In fact, this net neutrality that people are supporting and fighting for, though most are simply eating whatever they are told about it with a spoon, may actually be quite worse than repealing it.

“Enforcing ‘net neutrality’ does the exact opposite of what its proponents claim. It results in an internet where a handful of large corporations have access to peering agreements with large transit providers (what some people refer to as the ‘fast lane’), and the rest are subject to far fewer options in terms of services” (Khachatrian).

We did not have net neutrality in 2015 and thus, we will survive without it. This is not the internet apocalypse, world.