Internet Citizens: Defend Net Neutrality

Hello Internet, Enjoying your Internetting session? Perhaps
watching this video with lots of tabs open and full of interesting things to check out.
The Internet is amazing and that’s because of the rules which govern how it works, an
important one of which is Net Neutrality: treating all data equally. But some Internet Providers want to ditch
this rule to insert themselves betwixt you and your data as the most meddlesome middlemen
in human history — to their benefit and our detriment. How? Well think of the Internet as a series
of pipes. Some are ocean-and-continent spanning pipes through which vast rivers of data flow. You don’t get access to those — they’re very
expensive, and you couldn’t handle it anyway. But you do have a little pipe that connects
to the big pipes, through which you can pull down and send out data. Your pay your Internet
provider to maintain this pipe. This rule means that your little pipe, cares
not what flows through it: cat videos, discussion forums, calls or games. Whatever you’re doing,
you’re using the whole pipe to do and no website gets preference over another. Everyone wants faster Internet, but that requires
more metaphorical pipe in the ground, the building of which is slow and expensive. Now you may have heard your Internet provider
on the news talking about how this rule prevents them from building ‘fast lanes’ for special
kinds of data — they want you to think they’re expanding your access to the information superhighway.
But removing this rule also gives them the power to speedbump the existing roads and
charge more to use the ‘fast’ lane that was just what you had before. The power to preference some data over others
is the power to favor one video site over another and to limit a tiny part of the pipe
for the video you’re watching right now or trying to anyway. We’ve been through this before: and constrain
other companies in similar ways. Take the electricity. You pay for a certain amount
and when it arrives in your house you can do with it what you wish. The electricity
company doesn’t get to decide that rather than build more power plants it’s going to
dim your bulbs and then offer a ‘brighter bulbs’ monthly subscription. And so it should
go with the Internet. Watts are watts and bits are bits and we’ll always need more and
more. And preserving this rule for the Internet
has much wider impact than just if some company takes more of your coins. Not to be overly
dramatic here, but preserving data equality may be one of the most important issues in
a generation. Because without this rule Internet providers could cripple competitors they don’t
like. Ever notice the same company that sells you
internet also sells Cable TV and Landlines — stuff The Internet totally replaces? Without
data equality your Internet Provider could narrow the pipe for competitors until they
either go out of business, pay the meddlesome middleman, or both. It’s like if one store in town super-promised
to pay for fast roads everywhere as long as the town gave them absolute power over all
the roads no backsies. If you agree to that deal don’t be surprised when years later all
traffic to them is fast and free while the roads elsewhere are slow and neglected. This town is basically the Internet without
net neutrality which some Internet Providers would love, but actual Internet citizens,
not so much. Having the pipes treat all data the same lets
one guy with a good idea and a bit of programming knowledge make something today that’s seen
by millions tomorrow. But only because his data is treated equally with everything else
in the pipes. An Internet that treats data equally is an
internet that continues to shower us with wonder. But an Internet where middlemen pick
and choose what comes through the pipe is an Internet of stagnation for all and profit
for few. Which is why some Internet providers will always want that control, so the cost
of preserving our awesome Internet is eternal vigilance on the part of good citizens to
defend Net Neutrality.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. 2018 – This has sadly become a thing and a funny one at that. Post repeal, the FCC has had to stand atop the "ban hammer" to keep states from putting the rules back in….

    The one question I have (and a lot of people most likely) is who wants this? ISP benefit, yes, but who else? The argument is the little man, but doesn't he get throttled just like everyone else and would have to pay the ISP's to be "more relevant". I guess the simple question of the matter is: How does moving toward every road being a "toll road" or "express lane" help the drivers/Destinations NAVIGATE the road.

    Just a little food for though, Now I'll go back to dreading the day I might have to subscribe to the major websites like a cable "package".

  2. The government controlling the internet is NOT "net neutrality"…yet again, a silly misnomer, another bogus slogan, for the simple minded and non-critical thinkers, and another dishonest video by CGP Grey to push it. Watch and see:

  3. RIP internet. It has been a year since "Net Neutrality" was repealed, and now the internet is gone and we can no longer experience the joy of leaving snarky comments on old videos.

  4. 2019 and the Internet is faster than before. Proves the point that net neutrality was nothing more than a government power grab. It’s now the way it started, free.

  5. ɴᴇᴛ ɴᴇᴜᴛʀᴀʟɪᴛʏ sᴜᴘᴘᴏʀᴛᴇʀs…ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇʏ ɴᴏᴡ?

    Remember about a year ago how mostly the left, but even many on the right were screaming about how horrible things would happen to if net neutrality was allowed to end? Well, none of those things have happened. In fact, I'd say the worse thing to happen to the Internet this year, was the systematic suppression of free speech, the rejection of ideas, thousands of examples of censorship, and the flat out deletion of hundreds and hundreds of popular social media content providers from most of the major platforms. Not surprisingly, the same people who supported net neutrality, defining it as treating all data on the Internet equally, have no problem with monopolistic tech companies strictly controlling Internet data by arbitrarily deciding who deserves access to any meaningful on-line platforms.

  6. Now that net neutrality has been repealed, nothing much has changed (probably because companies are just taking their time easing us in so that revolt is less likely) but there has been a few big incidents.
    Verizon apparently throttled a fire department, making it less difficult to contact them. As a consequence, several buildings burned down and killed hundreds of people.

  7. Holy crap when he talked about not being able to watch the video, it started buffering!

    Ahahaha this is sarcasm in case you want to know

  8. A shame none of this mattered with criminal pai decided to entirely subvert the process by being a disgusting inbred virizion shill (Not even to mention the identity theft bull that made it seem like people didn't like NN)

  9. Wait, if net neutrality didn't happen before 2015, and all big internet companies and leaps happened before then… what does that mean for net neutrality?

  10. Fighting a pointless battle, the 0.1% will try to sneak it through every single day until they succeed, and once it's in, it's never ever going away.

  11. I'm still struggling with this. So, the internet service providers provide the conduit for ALL information that flows through the pipes, without regard to content, search engines, clouds, etc. The Googles of the world provide the video and other information sharing content that flows through the conduit the ISP's provide. So, Google/YouTube, other censoring certain websites, individuals, or topics they don't like has nothing to do with Net Neutrality? In other words the ISP's have no control what flows through the conduit. They just provide the conduit?

  12. How did we get by without net neutrality in the first 20 years of public WWW? How come the web did not descend to a dystopia since net neutrality was repealed?
    "Net Neutrality" is a misnomer and a manipulation. It tries to insert another unelected government agency between the customer and the web. At least I can opt out of an ISP.

  13. The beauty of capitalism, though, is that if all existing ISPs start messing with everyone's internet, slowing things down and requiring them to buy better packages, any single ISP that pops up saying "Hey, we don't do any of that!" will find that, assuming they follow through on their commitment and their service is affordable, everyone migrates to that new ISP and the ones that "speed-bump" or "throttle" everyone's connection will find that they're losing business.

  14. This is wrong because net nutraulity actually means that a sight like YouTube (which uses tons of data and clogs th pipe) costs the same as a website that uses very little data.

  15. Actually removing net neutrality is a good thing. It doesn't mean that people have to pay more for internet service at all. Net Neutrality is a law that was put in place to push companies like Google and Netflix towards solutions that could make data more compressed and easy to transfer. Before Net Neutrality, internet service providers couldn't charge companies like Google more money than a small business's site even if Google was using 1,000,000x more data than that business! Net Neutrality is a good thing that will push companies like Google to find new and innovative ways to transfer data.

  16. We don't need better laws on the internet, we need an internet that is impervious to law, wherein ISPs and governments have no idea what we're doing, and have no power as a result.

  17. And then after having the most logically one sided argument ever and 70% + of the population (number subject to error) we then proceeded to lose the fight anyway because… democracy

  18. The big, nay BIGGEST fucking deal in this is that whoever controls the pipe can control citizens' access to news and information. Imagine if all the news networks apart from [the one you really don't like] slowed to a crawl….

  19. Ever since Net Neutrality was canned, the Ad-pocolypse has happened. More and more ads are needed to buy access to the basic speed of the internet, while some websites are seriously lagging. I hear this won't stop…

  20. Only relevant for areas with a single provider.
    Otherwise, monopoly power does not exist and competition provides Net Neutrality without regulations.
    Time without Net Neutrality regs will prove it so.

  21. You know what? I'm going to build my own small pipe and get all the data i want without some idiot asking me to pay rent for it.

  22. You're completely overlooking the influence of content providers. Net neutrality is a scam by content providers that inhibits the growth of internet simply because google, facebook, youtube, pornhub, ect. want you to foot the bill instead of them. This also prevents smaller ISPs from competing against larger ISPs such as when MetroPCS was hocked for offering a plan that had limited internet access, but charged far less to get more people to buy in and thus build their company.
    Yes, there have been issues with ISPs deliberately throttling traffic for questionable reasons but there are antitrust courts for a reason that can handle these issues.

    You wouldn't believe you're going to get a free iPad just because some website said you're the 5000000th visitor, so don't believe it when big websites say you're going to lose your internet if you don't act on their behalf.

  23. If all internet prices were the same, then companies would have no incentive to provide high speed services, as it would cost the same as any other service. This can actually work AGAINST our needs.

    Not to mention that companies would still limit their services to increase how much they’d get out of it (ignoring competition that is, but it would still be troublesome to change services)

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  25. 2:19 Grey, that's illegal under anti-trust law. I thought you did research

    Also, the moment some ISP starts getting rid of net neutrality, another will spring up with it, using it as a marketing strategy (and probably a very effective one at that)

  26. You're forgetting about the Government corruption. The internet was fine before NN and is fine now that it's gone. You were fool-heartedly leaping into George Soro's corrupt plan.

  27. Net Neutrality seems like a band-aid on a bullet wound. The root of the problems is a lack of competition due to regulation such as the Telecommunications Acts, which functionally created mandated local monopoly (the only kind of monopoly that technically exists). Legislators can't be trusted with control of the internet any more than Comcast.
    Do you have a video on the history of the american telecom industry?
    I understand the temptation to regulate our way to internet freedom, but it seems like we're only feeding the beast to keep it from eating us.

  28. The funny thing is the internet is 6x faster and there are now multiple times more streaming services since net neutrality died. Like John Oliver, this video failed the test of time and can now be safely filed under: PROPAGANDA

  29. So you want the government agency that gives fines for curse words on the radio the power to regulate the internet? Some things to keep in mind: this is a solution in search of a problem. The ISPs haven’t actually done this. The cute is worse than the disease. The government regulating the internet could be really disastrous. A good solution is to have competition between ISPs. I have 3 providers to choose from. The more the better. If one company does something I don’t like I can switch to their competitor. If the federal government regulates the internet in a way I don’t like than I would have to leave the country or just put up with it. Some places give monopoly privileges to certain companies. That’s the law that we should be trying to repeal. Monopolies are bad, competition is good.

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